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Tree Stands Allowed on Public Land August 25

PIERRE, S.D. -- Archery hunters can start setting up tree stands on public lands beginning Friday, Aug. 25.

Permanent tree stands and climbing devices are prohibited on lands owned, leased or controlled by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) as well as the Fort Meade Recreation Area. Portable tree stands and climbing devices that do not use nails, wire or bolts for attachment are allowed from Aug. 25 through Feb. 15, 2018.

The name and address or the year and current big game tag number of the owner or user must be on the stand and legible from the ground. Tree stands may be stabilized with one screw-in T.

Tree stand hunters are urged to use safety harnesses whenever hunting from an elevated blind. Every year, South Dakota hunters are injured from tree stand falls, and falls from tree stands are the number one deer hunting injury in the United States.


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.