South Dakota is host to both whitetail and mule deer, with mule deer inhabiting mostly the central and western regions of the state and Whitetails abundant throughout.
Whitetail and mule deer are the most highly sought after big game species in South Dakota and throughout North America. Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply for all deer seasons except Custer State Park and East River Deer. Nonresidents may apply for an East River Deer license if there are leftovers available after the drawing.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is currently developing a Deer Management Plan.