Archery Deer Season Allows for More Antlerless Deer Harvest in South Dakota

Antlerless White-Tailed Deer
Antlerless White-Tailed Deer
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -( The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission opened more of the state for deer hunters to harvest antlerless whitetail deer during the archery season.

In recent years, GFP has closed certain areas of the state for antlerless deer harvest due to lower deer populations. Whitetail deer numbers are increasing across much of the state and the Commission chose to ease restrictions. To view a map of these areas, visit

Resident and nonresident hunters may purchase one statewide any deer license or one East River any deer license and one West River any deer license. Residents and nonresidents may purchase one antlerless whitetail deer license as well.

The archery deer season will run from Sept. 24, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017. From Jan. 1-15, only antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid.

The Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve will see an increase in the number of antlerless whitetail deer archery access permits from 20 to 25 and have five any deer resident archery access permits.

Five any deer archery resident access permits will also be available for Good Earth State Park.

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.

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