Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission
has finalized several small-game hunting seasons.
Because there were no recommended changes to the grouse,
partridge, quail, cottontail rabbit, tree squirrel, crow, sandhills
crane, common snipe and dove hunting seasons, the seasons were
finalized and set.
The Commission proposed end-date changes for three deer hunting
The proposed Youth Deer Hunting Season would run from Sept 10,
2011 – January 15, 2012; the proposed Archery Deer Hunting Season
would run from Sept. 24, 2011 – Jan. 15, 2012; and the proposed
Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season would run from Dec. 1, 2011 – Jan.
“The changes to those deer seasons are in response to many
hunters’ concerns about deer dropping their antlers in January and
being harvested by antlerless deer hunters,” said GFP Terrestrial
Chief Tom Kirschenmann. “And many landowners and hunters feel our
seasons run too long.”
The Commission will take final action on the three deer seasons
at its April 8-9 meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Brandon
Information on season proposals is available on the GFP Web site
at www.sdgfp.info under the headings “About Game, Fish and Parks”
and “GFP Commission.”
Residents who would like to provide written comments on the
proposed deer hunting seasons may do so up until 5 p.m. Wednesday,
April 6. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission,
523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or e-mailed to
All comments must have senders’ full names and addresses in
order to become part of the public record.
Comments may also be presented in person at the GFP Commission
meeting during the public hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
CDT on Thursday, April 7.