GFP Commission Proposes West River Deer Hunting Season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight decrease in the number of licenses available for the West River deer hunting season in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for nonresidents as compared to 2014.

A total of 16,440 one-tag, 1,620 two-tag licenses would be available for residents and 1,319 one-tag, 130 two-tag licenses would be available for nonresidents.

The Commission has also proposed to change the season dates for Corson, Dewey and Ziebach counties to align with the 2015 West River deer season, Nov. 14-29. For Gregory and Mellette counties the proposed season would run from Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 23-29. The Commission proposal also includes the removal of the nine consecutive days of antlerless deer hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. Written comments can be sent to [email protected]. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 4. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

Columnist: SD GFP

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks manages SD's wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the benefit of the people of this state and its visitors.  

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