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Rule Changes for Terminally Ill Hunters

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission expanded 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.

The rule change will 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.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.