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South Dakota to approve revised deer regs for 2019 season

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission is set to approve revised deer hunting regulations next month that favor youth and resident hunting opportunities. The proposed changes were first discussed last fall and are up for final approval during the commission’s Jan. 10-11 meeting.

According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, changes were made to the existing proposal first outlined in September that include the following:

  • Preference points for the combined deer drawings will be free for youth hunters who are 15 or under during the same calendar year when that preference point is acquired.
  • All first-time youth hunters who are 15 or younger during the calendar year of the drawing will received a bonus preference point after submitting an application for any of the four limited-draw deer seasons during the combined drawing. These include East River Deer, West River Deer, Black Hills or Muzzleloader and are limited to only first-time youth applicants.
  • Youth can begin accruing preference points when they are 10 or 11 years old. Preference point fees set for these ages will be waived.
  • Nonresident deer hunting opportunities will now be the fifth draw in order to favor resident deer hunters and increase resident opportunity.

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“With the current proposal and these enhancements, we are putting youth first and focusing on the retention of our resident hunters. Approximately 3,800 deer hunters who would have been sitting on the sidelines as an unsuccessful applicant under the current system, would now have an opportunity to take to the field for their preferred deer hunting season on an annual basis,” said Commissioner Russell Olson. “This approach will put more individual deer hunters in the field, allowing families and hunting groups to maintain their hunting traditions more often while giving others a chance to develop theirs.”

“We continue to emphasize that with the current proposal and with these enhancements, every deer hunter who submits an application in the first drawing will have an increased chance of drawing their preferred deer license before anyone draws two or more,” said Commissioner Gary Jensen.

If you would like to comment on the proposed changes, you can either attend the public hearing on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at the RedRossa Convention Center in Pierre, South Dakota or submit your comments online.

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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 3 months ago on 12-18-2018 09:56:59 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Peter, Hunter and Gary - We are actively working to add Washington and Kansas to goHUNT. Both will be up before the application deadline. Then we are looking to add more states like the Dakotas and will start really diving into the draw process, draw odds and research data and articles for South Dakota. I really can't wait until we get those states up. And as far as grizzlies and poaching, unfortunately, that is what a lot of news is lately... but we still cover news once a day and then a bunch of skills and research-based articles a day and our INSIDIER research content is about to get cranking for 2019! Appreciate all the feedback.

Gary H. - posted 3 months ago on 12-17-2018 09:02:14 am
goHUNT INSIDER

I just want to know the draw process explained. Can someone do an article on that? All I read about it animals getting poached and grizzly bears these days.

Hunter D. - posted 3 months ago on 12-16-2018 05:32:14 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

I second Peter O.'s comment - When will South Dakota be added to this site.

David_Reiss
David R. - posted 3 months ago on 12-15-2018 12:28:45 am

Changes will not affect WR non-resident draw allocations but do reduce likelihood that nonresidents could purchase a left over ER or WR buck tag. There rarely are left over buck tags for ER or WR except for 2 or 3 units in central SD and those counties are almost exclusively private land units.

SETH D. - posted 3 months ago on 12-13-2018 11:58:38 pm
Sunny New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

South Dakota non-resident points were cheap. I spend more on one point in Wyoming, Colorado or Wyoming than I do in South Dakota. I have maybe 3 years worth of SODAK points, I don't think I will buy anything but bison points in the future.

The bison deal isn't a deal breaker either. The $6500 Custer State Park bison tag is more expensive than most other private bison hunts, and is one of the most expensive bison hunts in the US. The cost keeps the odds low.

South Dakota just doesn't have the opportunity that other states do.

Scott R. - posted 3 months ago on 12-13-2018 01:44:09 pm
Whitewood, SD
goHUNT INSIDER

Gary H, I'm not sure on the exact details but I have never seen any left over buck tags in the fifth drawing for whitetail, mule deer or antelope. I appreciate hunters who build points in other states and wish everyone could get a tag. I just know to many South Dakota Residents that dont get tags of their choice year after year. Good luck hunting.

Gary H. - posted 3 months ago on 12-13-2018 08:20:18 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Can someone please explain further in detail what "Nonresident deer hunting opportunities will now be the fifth draw in order to favor resident deer hunters and increase resident opportunity" means to the average Joe.

How does this affect someone with several points who is a Non-Resident?

Peter O. - posted 3 months ago on 12-13-2018 08:11:45 am
goHUNT INSIDER

I appreciate the updates on regulation changes, but when are you going to add South Dakota to your site?

SETH D. - posted 3 months ago on 12-12-2018 10:58:42 pm
Sunny New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

Good job South Dakota! Probably no reason to keep buying Custer State Park bison points, but I'll wait until next year to see how that changes.

A state ought to take care of it's residents first.

SETH D. - posted 3 months ago on 12-12-2018 10:58:35 pm
Sunny New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

Good job South Dakota! Probably no reason to keep buying Custer State Park bison points, but I'll wait until next year to see how that changes.

A state ought to take care of it's residents first.

Scott R. - posted 3 months ago on 12-12-2018 11:51:19 am
Whitewood, SD
goHUNT INSIDER

About time this happens. I've been sitting on the sidelines for 6 years waiting to draw a limited draw unit. My dad drew it last year and while we were hunting we saw more out of state hunters then SD hunters. Good job GFP