Deer hunters who have unfilled antlerless deer tags for the East and West River Deer Seasons will have nine additional days available to harvest antlerless deer beginning December 29 and ending on January 6.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding hunters that this provision is a change from past years when unfilled “any deer” tags converted to “antlerless only” and were valid.

For the 2012 season extension, “any deer” tags are not valid.

The changes were made as part of deer herd management objectives to direct additional antlerless harvest in the areas of the state that need it most while curtailing the doe harvest in areas where it is not needed.

Antlerless tags are valid only in the unit for which they were originally issued.

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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