South Dakota is host to both whitetail and mule deer, with mule deer inhabiting mostly the central and western regions of the state and Whitetails abundant throughout.
Whitetail and mule deer are the most highly sought after big game species in South Dakota and throughout North America. Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply for all deer seasons except Custer State Park and East River Deer. Nonresidents may apply for an East River Deer license if there are leftovers available after the drawing.
As of March 10, 2017, the South Dakota Deer Management Plan draft can be downloaded and reviewed here. In addition, an abbreviated version of the draft plan including executive summary and goals, objectives and strategies can be downloaded here. A new document that has recently been created thatoutlines the new management objectives and strategies and how the public comments received will be considered for administrative rule change. All comments will be considered by GFP staff and the Commission on final development of the plan with a formal adoption of the plan in June. Written comments on the draft plan can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to DeerPlan@state.sd.us. Comments must be received by May 5, 2017, and include your full name and city of residence. For more details, check out the Deer Management Plan page.