Antlerless only tags will be valid for the SD deer season beginning December 29

Posted December 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

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 December 29 and ending on January 6.

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Terrestrial Chief Tom Kirschenmann reminds hunters to be aware of the regulation change from the past several years.

“Over the past several seasons, ‘any deer’ tags have converted to ‘antlerless’ tags for the extended season,” Kirschenmann said. “That is not the case this year. Only unfilled ‘antlerless’ tags will be valid during the late season.”

The changes were made 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 in areas where it is not needed.