GFP Commission Proposal Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters

May 7, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the minimum age restriction for mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons; currently set at age 10.

The 2018 South Dakota Legislature passed a bill removing the minimum age under the mentor hunter regulations. The proposal would align department rule with the legislative action. Any youth, less than 16 years of age, would be eligible for their resident parent or guardian to purchase no more than one mentored antlerless deer license, one doe-fawn antelope license, one fall any turkey license and one spring male turkey license for a designated mentored youth.

The GFP Commission will consider the adoption of this proposal on June 7 in Aberdeen. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 7 in Aberdeen at 2 p.m. CDT. Individuals can also provide written comments on proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or online at 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).



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