GFP Commission Proposal Establishes Apprentice Deer License

May 7, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – In an effort to recruit new and reactivate former deer hunters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish an apprentice hunter deer season.

The proposal would change the name of the youth deer hunting season to apprentice hunter deer season.  The season would run from Sept. 8, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019. Any resident who has never held a deer hunting license or who has not held a license to hunt deer during the previous ten years would be eligible for this license and hunting season. 

Hunters may purchase one any antlerless deer hunting license for this season.

This proposal would not affect the current mentored or youth hunting licenses.

The proposal would also remove the current closed restriction on Farm Island State Recreation Area and LaFramboise Island Nature Area in Hughes County for apprentice archery deer hunters.

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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