Archery Deer Season to Begin Sept. 1; Muzzleloader Handguns Allowed for Big Game Hunting

June 8, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission set the archery deer season to start Sept. 1 and conclude Jan. 1 at their June meeting in Aberdeen this week. 

The Commission will also allow for the use of muzzleloading handguns for big game hunting. The rule sets the standards for muzzleloading handguns.

Hunters will be allowed to the minimum standard of .50 caliber bullets when big game hunting as the vast majority of loads using smaller calibers do not meet the standard currently in place for foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle.

The Commission also changed the term “factory rated” to “rated.” As currently written, the use of the term “factory rated” suggests that hand loaded ammunition is prohibited for big game hunting.



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