PIERRE – South Dakota’s youth deer hunting season has been established and will have more licenses available in 2001.
"A total of 4,010 youth deer licenses are available this year for resident youths ages 12 to 15," said Game Management Specialist Ron Fowler, which is an increase from 3,300 licenses in 2000."
Season dates are Sept. 15-23 and Dec. 8-31.
Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Fowler added that youths must turn 12 by Dec. 31, 2001, and each hunter may obtain only one license. Each youth hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult, and both must wear at least one exterior garment of fluorescent orange clothing, which includes a hat, vest, jacket, shirt, coat or sweater.
Other changes from last year include:
Change the description of Unit 853C (Southern Perkins County) to include that portion of Meade County north of U.S. Hwy 212.
Change the description of Units 849A and 849B (northern Meade County) to exclude those portions of Meade County north of U.S. Hwy 212.
Combine Units 801A and 801B in Minnehaha County to form one unit (801A).
Applicants unsuccessful for a first-choice license will be issued a preference certificate for the following year.