The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the 2013 Spring Turkey Seasons.

The Prairie and Black Hills seasons will run from April 13 – May 19.  The Archery Season will run from April 6 – May 19 for both units as well.

The commission voted to allow 10 archery turkey hunters access permits to hunt at the Blood Run Nature Area and 10 more to hunt at the Adams Homestead and Nature Area from April 6 – 30.  Those hunters will be selected from a pool of applicants from a free-access permit drawing.

In addition, the Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed an increase in the number of bighorn sheep licenses. Instead of two licenses, three will be issued.

One of the three tags will be auctioned off, pending approval of the auction by the Legislative Interim Rules Committee.

Proceeds of the auctioned bighorn sheep tag would be used for research, enhancements and growth of South Dakota’s bighorn sheep herd.  The tag would be auctioned off at the annual banquet of the Midwest Chapter of the Bighorn Sheep Foundation.

To see the entire bighorn sheep proposal, commission meeting minutes, or to access audio of the meeting, visit

To comment on the bighorn sheep proposal, email and include your name and city of residence.

Image courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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