GFP News - December 18, 2013

  • Reminder for Late Season Deer Hunters
  • Oahe Walleye Limits Lowered

Reminder for Late Season Deer Hunters

PIERRE, S.D. - Deer hunters who have unfilled antlerless deer tags for the East and West River Deer Seasons will have nine additional days available to harvest antlerless deer beginning Dec. 28 and ending on Jan. 5.
 
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Terrestrial Chief Tom Kirschenmann said the change was in effect last season as well.

"Our offices have taken many calls asking about unfilled 'any deer' tags.  Prior to last year, 'any deer' tags converted to 'antlerless' tags for these last nine days of the season," Kirschenmann said. "That is no longer the case. Only unfilled 'antlerless' tags are valid during this time frame."

The changes were made in 2012 as part of deer herd management objectives to direct additional antlerless harvest in the areas of the state that need it most while curtailing the doe harvest where deer populations are at or below population objectives.

These changes will also apply to the Archery and Muzzleloader Seasons as well. 

Only unfilled 'any antlerless deer' tags are valid from January 1-15.

For specific information on the respective deer seasons, please visit http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/deer/default.aspx.

OAHE WALLEYE LIMITS LOWERED

PIERRE, S.D. - Standard statewide harvest restrictions for walleye are in effect on Lake Oahe as of Dec. 15, 2013. Anglers will be allowed four walleye per day; however, no more than one may be 20 inches or greater in length.

There is no minimum length limit and walleye kept from Lake Oahe count as part of the statewide possession limit of eight fish.

Anglers looking for additional information on the current status of the Lake Oahe fishery can attend one of four public meetings in January and February.

Fisheries staff will be presenting results from 2013 survey work, answering questions and taking input from anglers on the Lake Oahe fishery. Meetings will be held in Aberdeen, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. As meetings are finalized, dates, times and specific locations will be released and advertised accordingly.

For additional information on fisheries regulations

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