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SD deer and youth deer seasons set; archery change proposed

From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department

-- South Dakota’s 2010 muzzleloader deer season has been established as Dec. 11 to Jan. 31, 2011 by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. There will be 1,000 Any Deer licenses available to resident hunters and unlimited single and double Any Antlerless deer licenses available to residents and nonresidents.

A hunter may possess no more than five general muzzleloading deer licenses of any type. After Dec. 31, all unfilled licenses will be valid for antlerless deer only.
 
The 2010 youth deer hunting season runs from  Sept. 11 to Jan. 31, 2011.  Archery deer hunting season will be Sept. 25 to Jan. 31, 2011. The statewide, antlerless-only season is open to residents and nonresident youth who have not reached the age of 18 by June 30. Youth hunters may purchase up to two youth deer licenses and must be accompanied by adults while hunting.

The Commission finalized the 2010 Archery Deer and Archery Antelope Seasons without change. The 2010 Archery Antelope Season will run Aug. 14 to Oct. 31, except when the Prairie Firearm Antelope season is open. Unlimited resident and nonresident any antelope and any antelope plus two doe/fawn licenses are available.

If a proposal by the Commission is approved, archery hunters will be allowed to shoot larger mechanical broadhead arrows this year at big game, except elk. The proposal would allow archery hunters to use mechanical broadheads with a maximum cutting diameter of 2 inches.  The current rule allows hunters to use mechanical broadheads with a maximum of 1 7/8 inches.
 
Information on the proposal is available online at www.sdgfp.info under the headings About Game, Fish and Parks and GFP Commission.
 
The Commission will take final action on the measure at its May 6-7 meeting in Custer State Park at the Sylvan Lake Lodge. Residents who would like to provide written comments on the archery proposal may do so up until 5 p.m. May 5. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D., 57501, or e-mailed to wildinfo@state.sd.us .  All comments must have the senders’ full names and addresses in order to be included in the public record. Comments may also be presented in person at the GFP Commission meeting during the public hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 6.

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