The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal to decrease, slightly, the number of West River deer hunting licenses in 2015.

The proposal would eliminate 250 deer hunting licenses reserved for residents and 20 licenses reserved for non-residents as compared to 2014. 

Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by noon on June 4. Comments must include a full name along with city and state of residence. People who prefer to comment in person can attend the commission's next public hearing, which will be held at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre on Thursday, June 4, at 2 p.m. CST.

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A total of 16,440 one-tag licenses and 1,620 two-tag licenses would be available for residents. For non-residents, 1,319 one-tag and 130 two-tag licenses would be available.

The commission has also proposed to change the season dates for Corson, Dewey and Ziebach counties to align with the 2015 West River deer season from Nov. 14-29. For Gregory and Mellette counties the proposed season would run from Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 23-29. The commission proposal also includes the removal of the nine consecutive days of antlerless deer hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas.

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