West River deer hunters will have fewer days to hunt antlerless deer in 2015 after the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted to eliminate the nine days of antlerless hunting from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
However, East River deer hunters will retain those nine days of deer hunting and be allowed to hunt with unfilled antlerless deer tags during that nine-day time period
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West River deer hunters will see a slight decrease in the number of licenses available in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for non-residents as compared to 2014. A total of 16,440 one-tag and 1,620 two-tag licenses are available for residents and 1,319 one-tag and 130 two-tag licenses are available for non-residents.
The West River deer hunting season dates for Corson, Dewey and Ziebach counties will follow the regular West River deer season, which runs from Nov. 14-29. For Gregory and Mellette counties the season will be Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 23-29.