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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2014 pronghorn management plan prior to drafting an updated and revised management plan.

All individuals interested in pronghorn management in South Dakota have from now through Nov. 22, 2017, to provide suggestions and comments on the plan in its current form. These comments will assist the GFP in determining additional public involvement and identifying topics that need to be considered during the plan revision process. A final revised plan, which incorporates additional public comment, is scheduled to be presented to the GFP Commission in mid-2019 for adoption and implementation.

Written comments on the plan can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to PronghornPlan@state.sd.us. Comments must be received by Nov. 22, 2017, and include your full name and city of residence. To request a printed copy of the plan, please call 605.773.3387.

antelope picAntelope are found primarily on the arid short grass prairies of the western United States. South Dakota hosts one of the highest antelope populations in the nation, ranging across the west and central regions.

Antelope rely on their peripheral vision, the safety of their herds, and their ability to reach speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour to detect and elude predators, which may include coyote, bobcats, and golden eagles. Their long rump hair is erected when the animal is frightened, serving as a warning "flash" to others. They are curious animals that often flee to the top of a nearby ridge and pause to look back.

 

2017 Density Map

* DISCLAIMER, please read - Adult pronghorn densities were derived from aerial surveys conducted in April and May 2017. This map should be considered an approximation of pronghorn distribution during the spring fawning period. Movements between the spring survey period and the fall hunting season may occur, and recruitment levels and survival may also vary throughout this geographic area. Actual densities observed during the hunting season may differ substantially from this density map.
antelope density map

Density antelope/Square Mile

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change in density from 2015 to 2017

This map depicts changes in antelope densities from 2015 to 2017. Adult pronghorn densities were derived from aerial surveys conducted in May and June of 2015 and April and May of 2017. These values were then subtracted to provide a net change across the geographic area. Movements between the spring survey period and the fall hunting season may occur, and recruitment levels and survival may also vary throughout this geographic area. Actual densities observed during the hunting season may differ substantially from this density map.
antelope density map

Density antelope/Square Mile

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HuntSafe courses

The HuntSAFE program is a required course for young hunters in South Dakota. A list of upcoming HuntSAFE courses is available.

Archery Education Courses

Visit the bowhunter education page to view all requirements for purchasing an archery license. A list of upcoming BowEd courses is also available.

Volunteer Hunter

The Volunteer Hunter Program puts private landowners in touch with hunters willing to harvest big game on their land.

Healthy Hunter

The Healthy Hunter website was created to help hunters be more active and eat healthier as they prepare for the hunting season.

Recipes

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