Custer - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed its 2013 East River, West River and Black Hills deer seasons for a public hearing on June 6.
The East River deer season proposal would provide 1,050 fewer one-tag licenses than the 2012 season, 1,500 fewer two-tag licenses and 1,300 fewer three-tag licenses (an overall reduction of 7,950 tags). East River deer season dates would be Nov. 23-Dec. 8, with Dec. 28-Jan. 5 valid for antlerless tags only.
The Commission also proposed the West River deer season with dates for units 30A (Gregory) and 50A (Mellette) of Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 18-24; units 24A (Dewey), 64A (Ziebach), and 20A (Corson) from Nov. 2-24; and all other units from Nov. 16-Dec. 1. Only antlerless deer tags would be valid Dec. 28-Jan. 5. The proposed 2013 West River season would change resident license numbers from 2012 by increasing one-tag licenses by 240, reducing two-tag licenses by 1,260 and increasing three-tag licenses by 305. Compared to 2012, the proposal would also adjust nonresident license numbers by increasing one-tag licenses by 20, cutting two-tag licenses by 102 and increasing three-tag licenses by 24.
Changes to East River and West River deer license numbers are primarily the result high deer losses caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in portions of the state last year.
The proposed Black Hills deer season, which would be from Nov. 1-30, would offer 200 resident and 16 nonresident any deer licenses, 3,000 resident and 240 nonresident any whitetail deer licenses, and 100 resident and eight nonresident antlerless whitetail deer licenses. The license allocation would be 50 fewer resident and four fewer antlerless whitetail deer licenses compared to the 2012 season.
The Commission also proposed changes to the 2013 refuge, archery, muzzleloader and youth deer seasons. To view the full proposals on those seasons, as well as the full proposals for the East River, West River and Black Hills deer seasons, go to http://www.gfp.sd.gov and look under the Rule Proposals heading.
The proposals will be finalized at the June 6-7 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center. To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or email email@example.com.
Comments on the proposals will be taken until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence. To comment in person on any of the proposed deer seasons, the public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 6.
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