GFP Commission Proposes More Spring Turkey Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed an increase of 140 licenses for the 2021 spring turkey hunting season.

The increase would come for the prairie units and be one of several changes that would increase turkey hunting opportunities in the state.

Other proposed changes include:

Add Clark County to Hamlin County unit.
Remove Douglas County from Charles Mix County unit.
Create Unit 10A that includes both Aurora and Douglas counties.
Add Buffalo County to Brule County unit.
Add Beadle and Hand counties to Jerauld County unit.
Increase the number of archery turkey access permits for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve from 20 to 30.
Establish 20 mentored turkey access permits for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve that would be limited to a bow or crossbow.
For Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, allow for uncased bows and crossbows for a resident hunter who possesses a valid mentored spring turkey license and an access permit.
The proposed season dates for the 2021 spring turkey hunting seasons are:

Archery April 3 – May 31

Black Hills April 10 – May 31

Single-Season Prairie Units April 10 – May 31

Early Split season Units April 10 – April 30

Late Split Season Units May 1 – May 31

Black Hills late season May 1 – May 31

Individuals can comment online at or mail comments to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

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).

The next GFP Commission meeting will be held Sept. 2-3, tentatively at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City.