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West River Deer

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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. 15 - Nov. 30, 2014
    Some units have different season dates, refer to the application for details.
  • Antlerless season extension: only those tags specifically designated as "antlerless" are valid from December 27 - January 4 for all west river units. "Any" deer tags no longer convert for this extended season.

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.

West River Deer Unit Map


South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger

South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger encourages and facilitates donation of wild game meat to needy people in South Dakota. You can make a tax-deductible cash donation to help offset costs of processing game animals donated through SDSAH.

Volunteer Hunter Program

Each year, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks is contacted by landowners looking to host antlerless deer hunters, as well as hunters looking for landowners interested in allowing them to hunt on their land. In an effort to strengthen hunter-landowner relationships, we have developed the Volunteer Antlerless Deer Hunter Program.

Big Game Depredation Hunts

Resident only big game depredation hunts are generally conducted in response to severe crop and livestock feed losses that cannot be resolved using traditional non-lethal forms of depredation control. They may involve turkey, deer, or antelope. In the past, these hunts have most often been organized during severe winters when both the weather and road conditions have deteriorated.