South Dakota: Custer State Park and Prairie Elk Seasons Proposed

South Dakota: Custer State Park and Prairie Elk Seasons Proposed
South Dakota: Custer State Park and Prairie Elk Seasons Proposed
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -(AmmoLand.com)- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed several elk hunting seasons for 2016 and 2017 on Thursday.

Additional information on the 2017 hunting seasons can be found online at gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx. Nine resident any elk licenses are proposed for Custer State Park (CSP); an increase of one license from 2015. The proposed any elk seasons dates are Sept. 17 – Oct. 2, 2016.

The proposed CSP elk hunting season would also allow for 20 antlerless elk licenses in two separate hunting units. These two proposed unit dates would be Oct. 8-16 and Oct. 22-30, 2016.

The Commission also proposed to modify the unit boundary for the CSP antlerless season. Antlerless licenses will not be valid throughout CSP, but limited to the southern end of the park. See map below.

The Commission also proposed an increase of 51 licenses for the 2016 and 2017 prairie elk hunting seasons.

Unit 9A (Portions of Butte, Lawrence and Meade Counties):

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-31
  • 10 any elk and 40 antlerless elk licenses

The proposal would also modify this unit to include Meade County north of the existing unit boundary, east of Interstate 90, south of SD Highway 34, and west to Middle Alkali Road.

Unit 11A, B, C, D (Bennett and portions of Jackson and Mellette Counties):

  • 11A: July 15-Aug. 31
  • 11B: Sept.1-Oct. 14
  • 11C: Oct. 15-Nov.30
  • 11D: Sept. 1-Dec. 31
  • 24 any elk licenses and 30 antlerless elk licenses

Unit 15A (Portions of Butte County):

  • Sept. 1-Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-31
  • 10 any elk and 10 antlerless elk licenses

Unit 27A (Portions of Fall River County):

  • Oct. 1-31 and Dec. 1-31
  • 15 any elk and 10 antlerless elk licenses

Unit 30A (Portions of Gregory County):

  • CLOSED

The Commission will finalize these proposals during their April 7-8, 2016, meeting at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings. Written comments can be emailed to [email protected] To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on April 7, 2016. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence.

If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be April 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. CDT.

About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP):

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.

For more information, visit: gfp.sd.gov.

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