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South Dakota White-tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan, 2017-2023
Social Deer Management Topics - to be considered.

Individuals and special interest groups volunteered to serve on the Deer Stakeholder Group were requested to participate in scheduled meetings to provide input and suggestions related to deer management. All information presented at these meetings and minutes of discussions can be found below.

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White-tailed deer and mule deer populations provide more recreational opportunity in South Dakota than all other big game species combined. In 2014, even after several years of declining participation due to conservative license allocations, deer hunting provided nearly half a million days of recreation. Deer hunters also provide an important revenue source for management and conservation providing approximately $4,800,000 in license revenue in 2014. Deer populations in South Dakota are enjoyed by non-consumptive users as well. Both mule deer and white-tailed deer provide abundant viewing opportunities to the public.

Deer populations reached record highs in the mid- 2000s in South Dakota exceeding social tolerances in almost every management unit. Record harvests, severe winters, predation, disease, and drought all likely contributed in reducing deer populations across the state by 2010. Deer populations are now below management objectives in most units. Increased controversy over declining big game populations has brought about increased demands for more data to better manage populations.

Plan Contents

The South Dakota Deer Management Plan will provide strategic guidance and serve to identify what the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks strives to accomplish related to mule deer and white-tailed deer management within the next six years.

The South Dakota Deer Management Plan will cover topics related to past, present and future management of mule deer and white-tailed deer in South Dakota including but not limited to:

Deer Stakeholder Group

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