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Antelope

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antelope picAntelope are found primarily on the arid short grass prairies of the western United States. South Dakota hosts one of the highest antelope populations in the nation, ranging across the west and central regions.

From the book, Wild Mammals of South Dakota: Pronghorn rely on their peripheral vision, the safety of their herds, and their ability to reach speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour to detect and elude predators, which may include coyote, bobcats, and golden eagles. Their long rump hair is erected when the animal is frightened, serving as a warning "flash" to others. They are curious animals that often flee to the top of a nearby ridge and pause to look backā€¦

PRONGHORN MANAGEMENT PLAN

Antelope Seasons

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2013 Pronghorn Density Map

Aerial surveys for pronghorn are conducted biennially and were not conducted in the spring of 2014. When aerial surveys are not conducted, population projections are formulated using the previous year's spring aerial adult estimate, recruitment, herd composition and survival data. Preliminary population projections for 2014 in the central part of the state range between a 6% decline to a 12% increase depending on the management unit. Throughout western South Dakota, preliminary population projections are indicating a 8-23% increase for the 2014 hunting season. Population projection estimates will be finalized in September when fall recruitment estimates are quantified.

* DISCLAIMER, please read - Adult pronghorn densities were derived from data collected during aerial surveys conducted in May and June. This information should be considered a rough estimate of pronghorn density. Movements between the survey period and hunting season may occur, and reproduction and recruitment levels can vary throughout this geographic distribution; thus actual densities observed during the hunting season may vary widely by specific location from this density map.
antelope density map

Density Pronghorn/Square Mile

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change in pronghorn density from 2012 to 2013

This map depicts changes in pronghorn densities from 2012 to 2013. Data used for this map calculation was collected during May and June of 2012 and 2013. Movements between the survey period and hunting season may occur, and reproduction and recruitment levels can vary throughout this geographic distribution; thus actual densities observed during the hunting season may vary widely by specific location from this density map.
antelope density map

Density Pronghorn/Square Mile

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HuntSafe courses

The HuntSAFE program is a required course for young hunters in South Dakota. A list of upcoming HuntSAFE courses is available.

Archery Education Courses

Visit the bowhunter education page to view all requirements for purchasing an archery license. A list of upcoming BowEd courses is also available.

Volunteer Hunter

The Volunteer Hunter Program puts private landowners in touch with hunters willing to harvest big game on their land.

Healthy Hunter

The Healthy Hunter website was created to help hunters be more active and eat healthier as they prepare for the hunting season.

Recipes

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