Mentored Deer Hunting Season

Season Dates: Sep 9, 2017 - Jan 15, 2018
Download the Mentored Deer application

South Dakota residents have the opportunity to pass the wonderful tradition of deer hunting on to a new generation through the Mentored Hunt program.

A mentored hunting license is available for youth at least 10 years old and younger than 16 years old. This is a separate application process from the normal deer application. This is a one-to-one mentorship between an adult and the youth. The youth is not required to have hunter safety certification for this hunt, but certification is required of the mentor. Other requirements are listed in the application form.

We invite and encourage you to introduce a young person to hunting and all the joys and health benefits that go with being outdoors.

NOTE: The purchase of a mentored hunt license does not affect eligibility of the parent/guardian for other deer, antelope and turkey seasons.