South Dakota’s long-awaited deer management plan nearly ready for public input

PIERRE, S.D. — An official for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says the long-awaited deer management plan will soon be opened to public comments.

During a meeting held Friday, Terrestrial Wildlife Chief Tom Kirschenmann told the GF&P Commission that the department staff has been working to create the 400-plus page plan for almost two years.

The management plan will be used to provide GF&P staff with guidelines when making management recommendations.

Kirschenmann said specific recommendations concerning how deer hunting licenses should be allocated aren’t included in the drafted management plan.

He said the department leadership came to the conclusion that decisions regarding how licenses are assigned to hunters should be left up to the commission. The plan will call for separate discussions about the hunting license allocation process.

The GF&P Commission will hold a public comment session during its April 6 and 7 meeting, the Pierre Capital Journal reported.

In May, the plan could be ready for final adoption.

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