Municipal Deer Licenses

Municipal Deer Licenses

City of Rapid City Archery Antlerless Deer License

A limited public archery hunt has been set up to provide an opportunity in certain areas within the city limits of Rapid City. This antlerless deer hunting opportunity will be administered cooperatively by the Rapid City Police Department and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. People interested must apply on-line for a municipal deer license. The application period will open on June 24 and close on July 15 at 8:00 am Central time. Successful applicants will be notified by July 20. When applying for your license, please include your email address and assure it is accurate in your GFP profile. Email is the only way you will be notified whether you are successful or unsuccessful in drawing a license.

This hunting opportunity will have 6 designated regular hunting zones (see maps below). There will be 8 hunt periods each lasting 28 days. Hunt periods will overlap but no more than 2 hunters will be allowed on any hunt zone at any time. When applying for the municipal license, hunters will be able to choose which session they wish to hunt as well as which zone. Applicants will be able to make a first and second choice as to which sessions they would like to apply for.

Dates for 2021 Rapid City Municipal Archery Antlerless Hunt

Sept 1-Sept 28

Sept 15-Oct 12

Sept 29-Oct 26

Oct 13-Nov 9

Oct 27-Nov 23

Nov 10-Dec 7

Nov 24-Dec 21

Dec 8-Jan 1

The following criteria and rules will apply to this Rapid City limits archery hunting opportunity:

• A hunter must be a resident of South Dakota.

• A hunter must be 18 years of age to hunt alone. A hunter under the age of 18 must be accompanied (within arm’s reach) by a qualified adult supervisor.

• A hunter must possess a hunter safety education certificate.

• Individuals interested in this archery hunt must apply on-line for the opportunity to draw a municipal license. If a person draws a municipal license, that person can only hunt in the zone and session dates identified on the municipal license.

• If successful in drawing a municipal license, the license holder must attend a mandatory hunter briefing meeting prior to hunting. The dates and times of the briefing will be supplied in the email to successful applicants. 

• At the mandatory meeting, individual successful in the municipal license draw will be required to pass a proficiency test prior to being allowed to hunt. The proficiency test will require a hunter to place 3 of 4 arrows in an 8” diameter circle at 30 yards with a broadhead tipped arrow and the archery equipment to be used while hunting with the municipal license.

• Only legal archery equipment can be used during this hunt.

• A hunter must obtain and display a Parking Permit distributed by SDGFP in his or her vehicle while the hunter is hunting pursuant to the terms of the municipal license.

• All participants must complete and send in their hunter survey even if they do not harvest a deer.

• Preference points will be issued for unsuccessful municipal license applicants.

• A person must have their municipal license in their immediate possession while hunting.

• Temporary hunting blinds or trees stands will be allowed, but blinds may not be placed prior to a particular hunter’s license period and must be removed by the last day of their 28-day window. Temporary tree stands may be used but the use of nails, screws, bolts, or anything that will cause lasting damage to the tree is prohibited.

• At no time will a hunter be allowed to drive a motor vehicle on the hunting property, except in designated parking zones (vehicle parking identification will be provided). You are allowed in your hunt zone only during your specified hunt dates.

• A person’s municipal license will be revoked if the hunter is found to be in violation of any of these rules.

• If other restrictions are implemented, hunters will be notified of those restrictions at the mandatory hunter briefing meeting or through e-mail correspondence with successful applicants.

If you have additional questions about this season, please call the GFP Rapid City Regional Office at 394-2391.

Blessed Sacrament Church Hunting Zone

Outdoor Campus West Archery Complex Hunting Zone

Park Drive Property Hunting Zone

Bailey Property Hunting Zone

Creek Drive Hunting Zone

Sioux Falls Archery Antlerless Deer License

A limited public archery hunt has been set up to reduce the white-tailed deer population within the city limits of Sioux Falls.  This antlerless deer hunting opportunity will be administered by the Sioux Falls Police Department and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.  People interested must apply on-line for a municipal deer license. The application period will open on June 24 and close on July 15 at 8:00 am Central time. Successful applicants will be notified by July 20. When applying for your license, please include your email address and assure it is accurate in your GFP profile. Email is the only way you will be notified whether you are successful or unsuccessful in drawing a municipal license.

This hunting opportunity will have 3-5 designated regular hunting zones and one designated disabled hunter zone within Sioux Falls city limits.  Each zone will have 8 regular hunting sessions and there will be 8 disabled hunter licenses being issued.  When applying for the municipal license, hunters will be able to choose which session they wish to hunt, but not which zones.  Applicants will be able to make a first and second choice as to which sessions they would like to apply for.

Dates for 2021 Sioux Falls Municipal Archery Deer Hunt

8 Sessions, with 3 Hunter Zones per Session (21 Regular Municipal Licenses)

Sept. 1 – Sept. 14

Sept. 15 – Sept. 28

Sept. 29 – Oct. 12

Oct. 13 – Oct. 26

Oct. 27 – Nov. 9

Nov. 10 – Nov. 23

Nov. 24 – Dec. 7

Dec. 8 – Jan. 1

There will be a separate Disabled Hunter Zone per Session (8 Disabled Hunter Municipal Licenses)

Sept. 1 – Sept. 14

Sept. 15 – Sept. 28

Sept. 29 – Oct. 12

Oct. 13 – Oct. 26

Oct. 27 – Nov. 9

Nov. 10 – Nov. 23

Nov. 24 – Dec. 7

Dec. 8 – Jan. 1

The following criteria and rules will apply to this Sioux Falls city limits archery hunting opportunity:

• A hunter must be a resident of South Dakota.

• A hunter must be 18 years of age to hunt alone.  A hunter under the age of 18 must be accompanied (within arm’s reach) by a qualified adult supervisor. 

• A hunter must possess a hunter safety education certificate.

• Individuals interested in this archery hunt must apply on-line for the opportunity to draw a municipal license. If a person draws a municipal license, that person can only hunt in the zone and session dates identified on the municipal license.

• If successful in drawing a municipal license, the license holder must attend a mandatory hunter briefing meeting prior to hunting.  The dates and times of the briefing will be suppled in the mail to successful applicants. Failure to attend the hunter briefing may result in forfeiture of your municipal license.

• Only legal archery equipment can be used during this hunt.

• At no time are hunters allowed to shoot toward roadways or the water treatment plant unless a backstop of sufficient height and depth exists to prevent an arrow from reaching the roadway or facilities.

• If a person harvests a deer, they must notify the Game, Fish and Parks Regional Office (362-2700) and provide the approximate age of the deer (adult or fawn) and sex of the deer.

• All participants must complete and send in their hunter survey even if they do not harvest a deer.

• Preference points will be issued for unsuccessful municipal license applicants.

• A person must have their municipal license in their immediate possession while hunting.

• At no time will a hunter be allowed to drive a motor vehicle on the hunting property, except in designated parking zones (vehicle parking identification will be provided). 

• You are allowed in your hunt zone only during your specified hunt dates.

• A person’s municipal license will be revoked if the hunter is found to be in violation of any of these rules.

• If other restrictions are implemented, hunters will be notified of those restrictions at the mandatory hunter briefing meeting or through e-mail correspondence with successful applicants.

If you have additional questions about this season, please call the SFPD at 367-7230 or the GFP Sioux Falls Regional Office at 362-2700. 

City of Sioux Falls Private Property Archery Units

City of Custer Archery Antlerless Deer License

A limited public archery hunt has been set up to provide an opportunity in certain areas within the city limits of Custer. This deer hunting opportunity will be administered cooperatively by the City of Custer and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in conjunction with the Custer County Sheriff’s Office. People interested must apply on-line for a municipal deer license.  The application period will open on June 24 and close on July 15 at 8:00 am Central time. Successful applicants will be notified by July 20. When applying for your license, please include your email address and assure it is accurate in your GFP profile. Email is the only way you will be notified whether you are successful or unsuccessful in drawing a municipal license.

This hunting opportunity will have 4 designated regular hunting zones (see maps below). There will be 5 hunt periods each lasting 14 days. When applying for the municipal license, hunters will be able to choose which session they wish to hunt as well as which zone. Applicants will be able to make a first and second choice as to which sessions they would like to apply for.

Dates for 2021 Custer Municipal Archery Deer Hunt

Oct 18 – Oct 31

Nov 1 – Nov 14

Nov 15 – Nov 28

Nov 29 – Dec 12

Dec 13 – Dec 26

The following criteria and rules will apply to this Custer City limits archery hunting opportunity:

• A hunter must be a resident of South Dakota.

• A hunter must be 18 years of age to hunt alone. A hunter under the age of 18 must be accompanied (within arm’s reach) by a qualified adult supervisor.

• A hunter must possess a hunter safety education certificate.

• Individuals interested in this archery hunt must apply on-line for the opportunity to draw a municipal license. If a person draws a municipal license, that person can only hunt in the zone and session dates identified on the municipal license.

• If successful in drawing a municipal license, the license holder must attend a mandatory hunter briefing meeting prior to hunting. The dates and times of the briefing will be supplied in the email to successful applicants. 

• A hunter is encouraged to fill their municipal license first. However, a hunter may utilize and valid and applicable archery license(s) from the SDGFP within their hunting zone and hunting period.

• At the mandatory meeting, individual successful in the municipal license draw will be required to pass a proficiency test prior to being allowed to hunt. The proficiency test will require a hunter to place 3 of 4 arrows in an 8” diameter circle at 30 yards with a broadhead tipped arrow and the archery equipment to be used while hunting with the municipal license.

• A hunter must mark his or her arrows with his or her SD archery license number that is printed on his or her municipal archery license or their printed first and last name. The license number typically starts with the 2-digit year followed by 8 digits (ex. 19-0000000).

• Only legal archery equipment can be used during this hunt.

• A hunter must obtain and display a Parking Permit distributed by SDGFP in his or her vehicle while the hunter is hunting pursuant to the terms of the municipal license.

• All participants must complete and send in their hunter survey even if they do not harvest a deer.

• Preference points will be issued for unsuccessful municipal license applicants.

• A person must have their municipal license in their immediate possession while hunting.

• Temporary hunting blinds or trees stands will be allowed, but blinds may not be placed prior to a particular hunter’s license period and must be removed by the last day of their 28-day license window. Temporary tree stands may be used but the use of nails, screws, bolts, or anything that will cause lasting damage to the tree is prohibited.

• At no time will a hunter be allowed to drive a motor vehicle on the hunting property, except in designated parking zones (vehicle parking identification will be provided). You are allowed in your hunt zone only during your specified hunt dates.

• A person’s municipal license will be revoked if the hunter is found to be in violation of any of these rules.

• If other restrictions are implemented, hunters will be notified of those restrictions at the mandatory hunter briefing meeting or through e-mail correspondence with successful applicants.

If you have additional questions about this season, please call the GFP Rapid City Regional Office at 394-2391.

Golf Course Hunting Zones West and East

Big Rock Park Hunting Zone

West Cemetery Hunting Zone