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GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader, Refuge Deer Seasons, Decrease in East River Deer Licenses

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader, Refuge Deer Seasons; Decrease in East River Deer Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission continued discussions on the Muzzleloader Deer and East River Deer Hunting Seasons at their April meeting.

The commission proposed to change the area where “antlerless whitetail” licenses are valid during the muzzleloader season

The proposed season dates for the muzzleloader seasons would be:

·       December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022

·       December 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023

The commission also proposed to decrease available licenses for the East River Deer Hunting Season.

The proposal calls for 24,940 single tag and 1,300 double tag licenses for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

The proposed East River Deer Hunting Seasons would be:

·       November 20 – December 5, 2021

·       December 11-19, 2021 – for antlerless deer tags only

The commission proposed deer seasons for three National Wildlife Refuges.

The proposed seasons would be:

Sand Lake NWR   

·       November 13-17, November 18-22, November 23-28, November 29 – December 5, December 6-12, and December 13-21 (unfilled antlerless licenses only)

Lacreek NWR      

·       October 20-19 and November 24-30

Waubay NWR (Including the Waubay State Game Bird Refuge)   

·       November 13-21 and November 27 – December 5


License numbers available for each refuge would be:

Sand Lake NWR   

·       Resident: 80 “any deer” and 25 “antlerless whitetail deer” licenses

·       Nonresident: 8 “any deer” and 2 “antlerless whitetail deer” licenses

Lacreek NWR         

·       Residents: 20 “any deer” licenses

·       Nonresidents: 2 “any deer” licenses

Waubay NWR          

·       Residents: 20 “any deer” licenses

·       Nonresidents: 2 “any deer” licenses

Individuals can comment on these proposals by visiting gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions. Comments can also be mailed to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

To hear the discussion on these proposals, audio from the meeting is available through South Dakota Public Broadcasting and will soon be available on the GFP website as part of the meeting archive. To see the proposal in its entirety, visit gfp.sd.gov/commission/information

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 be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 2.

The next GFP Commission meeting will be held May 6-7 in Custer State Park.