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GFP Commission Modifies Archery Deer Season, Adds Units in some Municipalities





GFP Commission Modifies Archery Deer Season, Adds Units in some Municipalities

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2020 archery deer season at their May meeting.

The season will run from Sept. 1 – Jan. 1

The commission made several changes from the 2019 season, including:

1. Modified the season start date for Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge from the fourth Saturday of September to September 1.

2. Modified the season start date for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge from the third Saturday of October to September 1.

3. In addition to the one “antlerless whitetail deer” license for residents and nonresidents for Unit ARD-LM1, the commission made an allowance for no more than 500 single-tag “antlerless any deer” licenses that will be distributed amongst all municipal archery deer hunting units. Deer hunters can possess an “antlerless whitetail deer” license and would also be eligible to apply for the newly proposed single-tag “antlerless any deer” licenses that will be designated for municipal archery deer hunting units. There will be no more than 500 of these municipal antlerless licenses available.

4. Establish municipal archery deer hunting units for the following city limits: Custer, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Season structure and specific regulations would be determined by the appropriate municipality within the requirements and restrictions of the South Dakota archery season.

Municipality Licenses Available 

Custer 45

Rapid City 60

Sioux Falls 60