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 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.