South Dakota GFP Commission Proposes East River, Muzzleloader and More

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -( The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed an increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2016.

There would be 4,220 fewer one-tag licenses, 5,075 more two-tag licenses and 1,400 more three tag licenses compared to 2015.

The Commission also proposed to establish an antlerless deer unit within Bon Homme County; south of SD Highway 50 and east of US Highway 37. To view a map of this proposed area, visit

The East River deer hunting season would run Nov. 19 – Dec. 4, 2016.   The proposal also includes nine days of antlerless deer hunting from Dec. 31, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017, when only antlerless tags are valid.

The muzzleloader season will run from Dec. 1, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017, and will have 1,000 any deer licenses and unlimited antlerless whitetail deer licenses available.

The Commission also proposed a decrease of 10 resident and one nonresident any deer licenses for the LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  The proposed refuge deer hunting seasons are:

Sand Lake NWR:

  • November 12-16
  • November 17-21
  • November 22-27
  • November 28 – December 4
  • December 5-11
  • December 31, 2016 – January 8, 2017.

LaCreek NWR:

  • October 19-25
  • November 23-29

Waubay NWR (includes Waubay State Game Refuge):

  • November 12-19
  • November 20-27
  • November 28 – December 4

The Commission had no proposed changes to the 2016 youth deer hunting season, resulting in the same season structure as last year. The youth deer season will run from Sept. 10, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017.

The Commission will finalize these proposals at their June 2-3, 2015, meeting at the Watertown Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June2. 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 held June 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Watertown Convention Center.

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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