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Big game 2013 hunting season dates released


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized most big-game hunting season dates for 2013 with no changes from 2012.

The commission sets season dates in the early spring to give hunters a chance to plan their fall schedules. The season structure, including license numbers, will be set in coming months.

Season dates for this year include:

  • Pheasant, Oct. 19-Jan. 5
  • Youth Pheasant, Oct. 5-9
  • Resident Only Pheasant, Oct. 12-14
  • Grouse/Partridge, Sept. 21-Jan. 5
  • Mourning Dove, Sept. 1-Nov. 9
  • Fall Turkey, Oct. 1-Jan. 31
  • Archery Antelope, Aug. 17-Sept. 27 and Oct. 14-31
  • Firearms Antelope, Sept. 28-Oct. 13
  • Black Hills Archery Elk, Sept. 1-30
  • Black Hills Firearms Elk, Oct. 1-31 and December 1-15
  • Archery Deer, Sept. 28-Jan. 15
  • Youth Deer, Sept. 14-Jan. 15
  • Black Hills Dee, Nov. 1-30
  • West River Deer, Nov. 16-Dec. 1
  • East River Deer, Nov. 23-Dec. 8
  • Muzzleloader Deer, Dec. 1-Jan. 15

Deer and antelope tag allocations, waterfowl, sage grouse, and the mountain lion season, as well as new state laws will be addressed at upcoming commission meetings.