Deer Camp Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters

August 14, 2023

PIERRE, S.D. – Four first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a managed youth deer hunt and camp on Dec. 8-10 at Brown’s Lodge and Hunting Ranch in Gettysburg, S.D.

Missouri River Corridor Youth Hunt in partnership with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) are hosting a free event that is open to first-time youth deer hunters between the ages of 10 and 15. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants will learn how to select the best ammunition and firearm for deer hunting, improve shooting and firearm safety, sight in a firearm, field dress, and properly care for meat. The youth hunters will be provided meals, snacks, lodging, deer licenses, guns, ammunition, safety equipment, transportation to and from hunting, binoculars, and assistance with field processing.

“This youth hunt was created for kids who don't have – or have never had – the opportunity to hunt,” said Potter County Conservation Officer Kendyll DeRouchey. “We want to teach the kids about firearm safety and ethical hunting while giving them the opportunity to harvest their first deer. It’ll be a unique experience they’ll remember forever.” 

Each hunter will be paired with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Participation is limited to four hunters. Applicants will be selected based on application responses. Successful applicants are required to attend a pre-hunt orientation meeting on the morning of Dec. 8. Hunting will take place on Gettysburg-area land on Dec. 9-10.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, contact Kendyll DeRouchey at 605.730.1568 or Application deadline is Sept. 15.


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