The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is in the process of completing big game license lottery drawings for the 2011 hunting seasons, and licenses are still available for purchase.
The first drawing for the East River Deer season is now complete and applications are being accepted, both online and through the mail, for the second drawing.
South Dakota residents who have not already drawn an East River Deer license may apply for one license in this drawing. The deadline for submitting applications through the mail is Oct. 7, and the online application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 a.m. Central Time.
The second drawing for East River deer will be completed on Oct. 14 and the third application period for unsold licenses will be opened to both residents and nonresidents.
Unsold licenses are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the West River Deer, Antelope (beginning Sept. 16), and Fall Turkey seasons. West River Deer and Antelope licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents, and individuals may purchase an unlimited number of licenses. Fall Turkey licenses are available to residents and nonresidents to a maximum of five per person.
Information on areas with unsold licenses is available online at http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/licenses/limited/leftover/default.aspx.