Hunters to See More Flexibitlity in the Second Elk Drawing for 2016

April 8, 2016 | By: SD GFP

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to allow individuals the option of using their preference points to draw a leftover antlerless elk tag in the second drawing, but only if they are willing to give up their preference points and future eligibility (nine years).

"This is a significant change to the second drawing for the Black Hills, prairie and archery elk hunting seasons," stated Scott Simpson, chief of administrative services for the GFP Division of Wildlife. "Anyone can put in an application for the second drawing; if they do not already have a 2016 license. Through the online application system, applicants will now have the option to select whether they want to relinquish their preference points and eligibility if successful. Those that choose to use their preference points, will receive the opportunity to draw a leftover antlerless elk tag prior to those who choose not to use their preference points."

There are no changes to the first elk drawing from the current status. Individuals applying for elk licenses will use preference points when their application is submitted.

The deadline for the first drawing requires paper applications to be postmarked by May 20 and online applications must be submitted by May 25 at 8 a.m. CT.

The second drawing is online applications only and the deadline is June 22 at 8 a.m. CT. No paper applications will be accepted for the second draw.

"If antlerless licenses remain after the first drawing, applicants could increase their odds of going elk hunting by being able to use their preference points when applying for those licenses," concluded Simpson.

Columnist: SD GFP

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