East River Deer
South Dakota east of the Missouri River comprises the East River Deer area. This is rolling farmland divided by two major river drainages, the James and the Big Sioux. Whitetails abound throughout the area, with mule deer mixed in near the central part of the state.
Nonresidents may apply for unsold licenses.
- Season Dates:
East River Deer - Nov. 19 - Dec. 4, 2016; Antlerless Only tags are valid Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017
- Antlerless season extension: only those tags specifically designated as "antlerless" are valid from December 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016. "Any" deer tags no longer convert for this extended season.
- New for 2015: Hunters will see a slight increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2015 with 250 fewer one-tag licenses, and 1,050 more two-tag licenses as compared to 2014.
- The Commission also established an antlerless deer unit within Yankton County; south of SD Highway 50 and west of US Highway 81.
- East River Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - Sept. 2 )
- Apply Online