ER WR and BH Deer Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed East River, West River and Black Hills deer seasons for a public hearing on June 6.
The East River Deer Season proposal would provide 1,050 fewer one-tag licenses than the 2012 season, 1,500 fewer two-tag licenses and 1,300 fewer three-tag licenses (an overall reduction of 7,950 tags). East River Deer season dates would be Nov. 23 - Dec. 8, with Dec. 28 - Jan. 5 valid for antlerless deer tags only.
The Commission also proposes the West River Deer Season with dates for Units 30A (Gregory) and 50A (Mellette) of Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 18-24, Units 24A (Dewey), 64A (Ziebach), 20A (Corson) from Nov. 2-24, and all other units from Nov. 16 - Dec. 1. Only antlerless deer tags would be valid Dec. 28 - Jan. 5.
The proposed 2013 season would change resident license numbers from last year by increasing one-tag licenses by 240, reducing two-tag licenses by 1,260 (2,520 tags), and increasing three-tag licenses by 305 (915 tags).
The proposal would also adjust nonresident license numbers by increasing one-tag licenses by 20, cutting two-tag licenses by 102 (204 tags), and increasing three-tag licenses by 24 (72 tags) compared to 2012.
Changes to East River and West River deer license numbers are mostly the result high deer losses caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/diseases/epizootic-hemorrhagic-disease.aspx) in portions of the state last year.
The proposed Black Hills Deer Season, which would be from Nov. 1-30, would offer 200 resident and 16 nonresident "any deer" licenses, 3,000 resident and 240 nonresident "any whitetail deer" licenses, and 100 resident and eight nonresident "antlerless whitetail deer" licenses. The license allocation would be 50 fewer resident and four fewer "antlerless whitetail deer" licenses compared to the 2012 season.
Those season proposals will be finalized at the June 6-7 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.
To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email [email protected] . Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.
To comment in person on any of the proposed deer seasons, the public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center on Thursday, June 6.