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South Dakota Antelope Seasons Finalized

July 13, 2009.

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2009 antelope hunting season at its July meeting.

“Our antelope counts for western South Dakota were down 20% from last year, but our antelope population is still in very good shape and will offer plenty of opportunity for hunters,” said GFP Regional Game Manager John Kanta.

Harding, Perkins, Butte (including a portion of Lawrence County), Meade, Ziebach, and Fall River (including a portion of Custer County) will have split seasons. The first season will run from Oct. 3-11, with the second season running from Oct. 10-18. All other units will run from Oct. 3-18.

Several changes were adopted for the upcoming season. Resident hunters will have 130 fewer two-tag licenses than last year, and nonresident hunters will have 11 fewer two-tag licenses than 2008.

Corson and Dewey Counties will no longer have split seasons, and the boundaries of  the Butte County hunting units were adjusted.

There will be 110 one-tag licenses for resident hunters, 4,645 two-tag licenses, and 9,150 three-tag licenses available for residents. Nonresidents will have 10 one-tag licenses, 379 two-tag licenses, and 732 three-tag licenses available.

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