Antelope and East River deer seasons are proposed

Antelope and East River deer seasons are proposed South Dakota's 1999 firearms antelope and East River deer seasons have been proposed, according to S.D. Game, Fish and Parks officials.

The firearms antelope season will allow an additional 4 percent of licenses available in each unit for nonresidents if the proposal is approved next month.

Other changes would open the season in northern Perkins County (Unit 153A) and expand Unit 163A to include all of Potter County west of U.S. Highway 83.

The proposed season dates would be Oct. 2-10.

A total of 3,515 licenses would be available to resident hunters, and 140 licenses for nonresidents.

The East River deer season was proposed with little change from last year.

Landowners/operators who do not receive a license in the regular East River deer drawing could, inside 20 days before the season begins, receive for their own land any license type or a buck-only license.

Permits available would include 33,935 licenses and 38,860 tags, up from 32,095 licenses and 36,420 tags in 1998.

The season would be open Nov. 20 through Dec. 5 in northern units, and Nov. 27 through Dec. 5 in southern units.

Persons wishing to comment on the proposals may attend the public hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at the Terry Redlin Art Center in Watertown.

Written comments should be sent to Game, Fish and Parks, 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD, 57501, or email comments to wildinfo@gfp.state.sd.us. Email comments must include name and address.

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