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Archery Deer

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The archery deer season is set in May and is open to residents and nonresidents. The application process opens in June . There is no deadline for submitting an application and licenses are sold throughout the season. Licenses must be purchased by application through the GFP License Office.

The primary archery deer season traditionally opens in late September.

All first time archery deer hunters, resident or nonresident, are required to pass the National Bowhunter Education course.

  • Season Dates:
    Archery Deer - Sept. 27, 2014 - December 31, 2014 , except:
    - Antlerless season extension: only those tags specifically designated as "antlerless" are valid from January 1-15. "Any" deer tags no longer convert for this extended season.
    - Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Brown Co. is open Oct. 18- Dec. 31 except during the refuge firearms deer season; archery antlerless tags are not valid in Sand Lake NWR
    - Portions of Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge in Bennett Co. are open Sept. 27-Dec. 31 except during firearms deer seasons; to hunt within Lacreek Refuge, hunters must obtain a free permit at the refuge headquarters; additional restrictions may apply
    - The Waubay Lake State Game Refuge and Waubay National Wildlife Refuge in Day Co. are open Sept. 27-Dec. 31 except during the refuge firearms deer seasons
    - Most state parks, recreation areas, nature areas and lakeside use areas are open Oct. 1-Jan. 15; all archery permits are valid in Farm Island Recreation Area and LaFramboise Island Nature Area in Hughes County from Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
    - Custer State Park is closed to archery deer hunting.
    - In addition to a regular license, a FREE Access Permit is required to hunt certain areas during this season (see information below)

Free access permits

In addition to a license, a FREE access permit is required to hunt certain areas during this season. An access permit is obtained/applied for through the online license system.

Sioux Falls Archery Antlerless Deer Hunt Access Permit: FREE Access Permit required
A limited public archery hunt has been set up to reduce the deer population within the city limits of Sioux Falls. This antlerless deer hunting opportunity will be administered by the Sioux Falls Police Department and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

Good Earth State Park and Adams Nature Area Access Permit: FREE Access Permit required
A limited public archery hunt has been developed for deer hunting opportunities within Good Earth State Park and Adams Nature Preserve.

Access Permit for Hill Ranch GPA, Little Moreau GPA, and all Custer National Forest Service land within Harding County: FREE Access Permit required for Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth deer hunting.

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

Learn more about outdoor cooking, wild game recipes, and more ..