In the 1900's hunting seasons established by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Commission allowed deer populations to recover from historic lows. Deer hunting seasons have occurred regularly since the 1950s, with deer hunters harvesting approximately 95,000 deer during the recent record year of 2010.
White-tailed deer and mule deer are the most highly sought after big game species in South Dakota and throughout North America. Hunting remains the number one tool for managing deer populations across South Dakota and harvest strategies are intended to ensure the well-being of the species and its habitat while maintaining populations at levels compatible with human activity and land use.
Frequently Asked Questions
See Frequently Asked Questions in Related Documents section at the bottom of the page.
See both the July and the September (current) proposal in Related Documents section at the bottom of the page.
July Commission Meeting Presentation
August Facebook Live Question and Answer Session
September 20 :: South Dakota Public Broadcasting Focus Program
On Thursday, September 20, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will appear on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Focus Program.
Public Hearing and Comment Submission
Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. MDT at Cadillac Jacks Spring Hill Suites in Deadwood.
Individuals can also provide written comments on this proposal online. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before each of the public hearings.