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Proposal to Change the Rules for Terminally Ill Hunters

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

This allowance is available to a resident who has been diagnosed to have a terminal illness that is expected to substantially shorten their life expectancy; or to a resident under the age of 26 who has been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illness.
Authorizations allow the resident to hunt and take no more than one deer, antelope or turkey. Authorizations are issued as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each species.

Current rule only allows the resident to use the authorization during established season dates. The proposal would allow the GFP department secretary to authorize a terminally ill resident to hunt a deer, antelope or turkey outside established season dates if circumstances justify such an allowance.

The Commission will finalize this proposal April 6-7 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Watertown. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CST on April 6. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held April 6, at 2 p.m. CST at the Ramkota Convention Center in Watertown.