South Dakota archery hunters have a few changes to be aware of for the 2012 Archery Deer Season.

Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin and McCook Counties have been added to the restricted area where only one Single-Tag Antlerless Deer license is valid.

Any antlerless deer licenses will not be valid in the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge during the Archery Deer Season.

During the archery deer season, 45 Any Antlerless Deer and five Any Deer resident access permits will be allowed for the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve and five Any Deer and five Any Antlerless Deer resident access permits will be allowed for the Blood Run Nature Area.  Archery hunters who wish to hunt in those areas will have to enter a lottery drawing for the free access permits via the online licensing system.

The South Dakota Archery Deer Season will run from Sept. 22, 2012 – Jan 15, 2013.

The 2012 Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season will run from Dec. 1 – Jan. 15, 2013.  Muzzleloader hunters will have 1,000 Any Deer and unlimited single and double Any Antlerless Deer licenses available.

Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin and McCook Counties have been added to the restricted area where only one single-tag Antlerless Deer license is valid.

The South Dakota Youth Deer Hunting Season will run from Sept. 8, 2012 – Jan. 15, 2013.  Youth hunters who have not reached the age of 18 by June 30 will be eligible to receive up to two Any Antlerless Deer licenses.  Only one of those licenses is valid in the counties of Brookings, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Turner, Yankton and the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

The 2012 South Dakota Archery Antelope Season will run from Aug. 18- Oct. 31, except when and where the Firearm Antelope Season is open.  Archery hunters will be issued a single Any Antelope license.

Individuals with a 2012 Archery Antelope license will be eligible to apply for one of five free access permits allowing them to hunt the portions of Custer and Pennington counties in the Black Hills Fire Protection District.  Resident archery hunters who wish to hunt in that area will have to enter a lottery drawing for the free access permits via the online licensing system.

The 2012 South Dakota Fall Turkey Hunting Season will run from Oct. 1, 2012 – Jan 31, 2013.  There will be 2,000 resident and 160 nonresident one-tag Any Turkey licenses available in the Black Hills; 1,600 one-tag and 690 two-tag  Any Turkey resident licenses available for the East River Unit and unlimited resident and nonresident two-tag Any Turkey licenses for the West River Prairie Unit.

Turner and Harding counties will be closed to fall turkey hunting.

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