South Dakota GFP Commission Proposes Elk Seasons

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South Dakota GFP Commission Proposes Elk Seasons
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, S.D.  -(Ammoland.com)- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several elk seasons at their March meeting.

The Commission proposed eight any elk licenses for the Custer State Park (CSP) firearm season. As in 2014, four any elk licenses will be available for the CSP early archery elk season.  The CSP late archery elk and CSP antlerless elk seasons will remain closed.

For the Black Hills firearms season, the Commission proposed a total of 930 licenses available, up from 670 in 2014, with 430 any elk licenses and 500 antlerless elk licenses. The Commission also proposed to allocate a pool of antlerless elk contingency licenses not to exceed 20 percent of allocated antlerless licenses for the Black Hills firearms season, however, these may not be utilized each year. Contingency licenses would be authorized through a GFP Commission resolution and considered in August.

Also proposed was the adjustment to the number of prairie elk licenses available from 57 any elk and 36 antlerless elk licenses to 48 any elk and 50 antlerless elk licenses. No licenses would be issued for Unit 30A (portions of Gregory County). The portion of Jackson County south of Highway 44 and BIA Highway 2 would be added to Unit 11 A, B, C and D. The season dates for Unit 11C would run from the second Sunday of October to Nov. 30.

For the archery elk hunting season, the Commission proposed an increase in licenses available from 92 any elk and 15 antlerless elk licenses in 2014 to 144 any elk and 56 antlerless elk licenses for 2015.

The Commission will finalize these proposals during their April 1-2 meeting at the Brookings Days Inn in Brookings. To view these rule proposals in their entirety, please visithttps://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx. Written comments on these proposals can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to [email protected]. To be included in the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on April 1, and have your full name and city of residence.