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National wildlife Refuge Deer

GFP assists the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the deer management on South Dakota's National Wildlife Refuges by facilitating the drawing process and issuance of hunting licenses.

Separate deer seasons are held at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (Bennett County), Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Brown County), and Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (Day County).

South Dakota big game regulations apply to hunting the refuges, along with provisions that may be put in place by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a specific refuge.

  • Season Dates:
    Refuge Deer - Season dates depend on the refuge. Please refer to the Refuge Deer Application form to the right to see specific dates for each refuge.
  • Similar to the East River deer season, hunters with an unfilled antlerless Sand Lake refuge tag will be allowed to hunt antlerless deer during the nine day period beginning the Saturday after Christmas.

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Additional Information

Refuge Contacts

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
39650 Sand Lake Drive
Columbia, South Dakota 57433
Phone 605.885.6320

Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
29746 Bird Road
Martin, SD 57551
Phone 605.685.6508

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
44401 134A Street
Waubay, SD 57273
Phone: 605.947.4521