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Landowner Deer

A resident farmer or rancher must own or lease for agricultural purposes a minimum of 160 acres of privately-owned farm or ranch land and actually reside on the land, or be an owner- operator of the land, to qualify. This license restricts the holder to the taking of the big game animals as designated on the license only from the privately-owned farm or ranch lands owned or leased by the resident farmer or rancher.

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Reduced-price landowner deer

Landowners may purchase a 1-tag any-deer license or a 2-tag license that has one any-deer tag plus one any-antlerless deer tag for East River and West River Deer seasons, and one any-antelope license or one any-antelope plus one doe/fawn antelope tag for the Antelope season.

landowner free antlerless deer

The Landowner Free Antlerless Deer license option is available in all West River Deer and East River Deer hunting units that had licenses remaining after the second drawing in 2012 and do not restrict the harvest of antlerless deer in the youth, archery or muzzleloader seasons. In addition, licenses are valid to qualifying individuals for the Archery Deer, Muzzleloader Deer, and Youth Deer hunting seasons.

Archery Educational Requirements*

To be able to apply for a SD archery big game license, all big game archery licensees ages 11 through 15, all first-time archery big game licensees regardless of age, and all archery elk licensees must possess a National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) certificate or certification of completion from a bowhunter education course approved by any state or provincial government.

*Note: Applicants who have held a big game archery license in the past may apply for antelope without completing an NBEF course if they indicate on the application the year and state of a former archery license held.

HuntSafe courses

South Dakota's HuntSAFE program takes the responsibility of teaching hunter ethics seriously. The HuntSAFE program is a required course for young hunters in South Dakota before youth can enter the field and hunt game. With participation in this course, the young hunter learns about respect for our state's natural resources, respect for other hunter's and perhaps most importantly, respect for landowners.