West River Deer
The West River Deer season includes most of South Dakota west of the Missouri River and outside of the Black Hills. The short grass prairie is home to mule deer, with whitetails scattered along drainages and the rare wooded areas.
Both residents and nonresidents may apply for limited licenses available in specific units.
- Season Dates:
West River Deer - Nov. 12-27, 2016
Corson, Dewey and Ziebach Counties: Nov. 14-29, 2015
Gregory and Mellette Counties: Nov. 7-10, 2015 and Nov. 23-29, 2015
- Some units have different season dates, refer to the application for details.
- New for 2015: The GFP Commission voted to eliminate the nine days of antlerless hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas.
West River deer hunters will see a slight decrease in the number of licenses available for the West River deer hunting season in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for nonresidents as compared to 2014. A total of 16,440 one-tag, 1,620 two-tag licenses are available for residents and 1,319 one-tag, 130 two-tag licenses are available for nonresidents.
- West River Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - July 15 )
- Apply Online