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GFP proposes decrease of Black Hills, Custer deer licenses, increases in other areas

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to their proposed West River and Black Hills Deer Hunting Seasons at their April meeting.

The commission proposed to decrease the number of “any whitetail” licenses to 3,000 for residents and 240 for nonresidents for the Black Hills Deer Hunting Season. Additionally, the proposal would decrease the number of “antlerless whitetail” licenses to 300 resident and 24 nonresident licenses.

The Black Hills Deer Hunting Season would run Nov. 1-30.

The proposal would keep the number of “any deer” licenses at 200 for resident and 16 for nonresidents.

The Commission also proposed 25 “any whitetail” and 50 “antlerless whitetail” licenses for the Custer State Park Deer Hunting Season.

In addition, the commission proposed to increase the number of licenses available for the 2021 and 2022 West River Deer Hunting Seasons.

The proposal calls for 12,373 single tag, 9,688 double tag, and 864 triple tag resident licenses and 920 single tag, 718 double tag and 63 triple tag licenses available for nonresidents.

All units excluding:
– Gregory County: November 13-28, 2021
– Gregory County (Unit 30A): November 6-9 and November 22-28, 2021
– Gregory County (Unit 30B): November 13-28, 2021
– Antlerless deer tags only: December 11-19, 2021

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.

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