PIERRE – Deer hunters who have unfilled antlerless deer tags for the East and West River Deer Seasons will have nine additional days available to harvest antlerless deer beginning Dec. 28 and ending on Jan. 5.
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Terrestrial Chief Tom Kirschenmann said the change was in effect last season as well.
“Our offices have taken many calls asking about unfilled ‘any deer’ tags. Prior to last year, ‘any deer’ tags converted to ‘antlerless’ tags for these last nine days of the season,” Kirschenmann said. “That is no longer the case. Only unfilled ‘antlerless’ tags are valid during this time frame.”
The changes were made in 2012 as part of deer herd management objectives to direct additional antlerless harvest in the areas of the state that need it most while curtailing the doe harvest where deer populations are at or below population objectives.
These changes will also apply to the Archery and Muzzleloader Seasons as well.
Only unfilled ‘any antlerless deer’ tags are valid from January 1-15.
For specific information on the respective deer seasons, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/deer/default.aspx.