GFP Commission Proposes Additional Big Horn Sheep Hunting Unit

January 12, 2018
Photo by Luke Meduna
Photo by Luke Meduna

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish a new hunting unit for bighorn sheep in Pennington County east of the Cheyenne River and in Jackson County north of the White River; excluding Badlands National Park.

With the proposed new hunting unit, a total of four licenses would be available for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Three licenses would be available in Unit 2 (Custer County west of Highway 79) and one license for the newly proposed unit. The area comprising Unit 1 in Pennington County remains closed.

One bighorn sheep license is allocated as an auction license if a minimum of three bighorn licenses are approved by the GFP Commission. The Commission authorized this auction license to be valid for Unit 2.

The season will run Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, both for 2018 and 2019.

The GFP Commission will consider adopting this new bighorn sheep hunting unit on March 1-2, 2018, at the Pierre RedRossa Convention Center. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held March 1 at 2 p.m. CST. Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to 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 the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing) per HB 1006.



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