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January 2, 2018

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Explores Changes to Licensing for Deer Hunters

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is considering revising its policies regarding the distribution of hunting licenses, reports the Rapid City Journal. Currently, GFP issues approximately 46,000 licenses to over 71,000 deer hunters. The licences are issued via a lottery system as there are more hunters than licenses available.

Under the present system, hunters can apply for deer licenses in each of the state’s deer hunting units, which are determined based on carrying capacity and desires of both hunters and non-hunters. While GFP has developed three new proposals, it has yet to release details from each of the proposed plans. More information will become available following a study with a series of focus groups.

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