West River Deer
The West River Deer season includes most of South Dakota west of the Missouri River and outside of the Black Hills. The short grass prairie is home to mule deer, with whitetails scattered along drainages and the rare wooded areas.
Both residents and nonresidents may apply for limited licenses available in specific units (usually by county).
- Season Dates:
West River Deer - Nov. 16 - Dec. 1, 2013
Some units have different season dates, refer to the West River Deer Application for details.
- Antlerless tags are also valid from Dec. 28 - Jan 5, 2014.
- West River Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - July 19 )
- Apply Online
- Leftover Licenses
- Drawing Results
- Past Drawing Statistics
- Public Hunting Areas
- Big Game Regulations
- Request information be mailed
- Tentative Future Season Dates
- View all applications / deadlines
Surveys and reports
West River Deer Unit Map
Another license option South Dakota residents have for West River Deer is the Special Buck license which allows you to hunt in all West River Deer units on private land only. The license is valid for one "any deer" for the dates of the regular West River Deer Season.