East River Deer
South Dakota east of the Missouri River comprises the East River Deer area. This is rolling farmland divided by two major river drainages, the James and the Big Sioux. Whitetails abound throughout the area, with mule deer mixed in near the central part of the state.
Nonresidents may apply beginning on Oct. 4 for for unsold licenses.
- Season Dates:
East River Deer - Nov. 23 - Dec. 8, 2013
Antlerless tags are also valid from Dec. 28 - Jan 5, 2014.
- East River Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - Aug. 30 )
- Apply Online
- Leftover Licenses
- Drawing Results
- Past Drawing Statistics
- Public Hunting Areas
- Big Game Regulations
- Request information be mailed
- Tentative Future Season Dates
- View all applications / deadlines
Surveys and reports
East River Deer Unit Map
Another license option South Dakota residents have for East River Deer is the Special Buck license which allows you to hunt in all East River Deer units on private land only. The license is valid for one "any deer" for the dates of the regular East River Deer Season.