GFP Commission Proposes Modifications to Archery Deer Season, Adds Units in some Municipalities

March 13, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to modify the season start date for Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge and Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge from the fourth Saturday of September to September 1. These changes would align with the start date of archery deer hunting across the state.

The proposal also makes an allowance for no more than 500 single-tag “antlerless any deer” licenses in addition to the one “antlerless whitetail deer” license for residents and nonresidents for Unit ARD-LM1, the area where antlerless whitetail archery deer licenses are valid. These would be distributed amongst all municipal archery deer hunting units and establish municipal archery deer hunting units for the city limits of Custer, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Sturgis. Season structure and specific regulations would be determined by the appropriate municipality within the requirements and restrictions of the South Dakota archery season.

Some municipalities have worked with GFP to develop urban deer management plans to help alleviate issues like vehicle/deer collisions and property damage. Archery deer hunting within city limits can help address issues caused by urban deer populations and provide additional hunting opportunities. Specifically, the municipal governments of Custer, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Sturgis are interested in implementing this management tool.

To comment in person, a public hearing will be held May at 2 p.m. MDT at Custer State Park. Individuals can comment online at or mail comments to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. 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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