PIERRE, S.D. – Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission determined they would like to receive input on two options for antlerless hunting season dates prior to making a formal proposal in April.
The GFP Commission proposed a regulation to require all deer seasons to end no later than Jan. 1. To conform to this proposed season structure, two options have been identified adjusting the antlerless only dates for East and West River deer hunting seasons. Currently, there is no late season hunting period for West River deer and the season dates for antlerless only tags issued for the East River deer hunting season begin the Saturday following Christmas and run for nine consecutive days.
Option 1: Dec. 26 through Jan. 1
Option 2: Begin the Saturday following the conclusion of the East River deer hunting season and run for nine consecutive days
The GFP Commission wants to hear from the public on these two options to change the season dates for East River and reinstate the late season hunt for the West River deer season. Then they will move forward with one of the options listed above as a proposal on April 5-6, 2018, at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held May 3 at 2 p.m. MT at Custer State Park.
Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing).