The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will recommend a vote against issuing a pool of antlerless elk licenses as range conditions in Black Hills have eliminated the need for the additional licenses.

The GF&P Commission will have its monthly meeting today and Friday in Aberdeen.

Earlier this year, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission established that the licenses would be issued only if the range conditions in the Black Hills dictated a need for them.

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"One component of the elk management plan was the development of elk contingency licenses," said Tony Leif, director of the Division of Wildlife in a news release. "The intent of these licenses is to lower elk numbers when reduced habitat conditions, such as those created by drought dictate a reduction.

"After a discussion with the U.S. Forest Service late last week, we do not believe the need exists for issuance of the elk contingency licenses this year due to summer precipitation that has provided good forage conditions throughout the Black Hills," Leif added.

For complete details on the 2015 elk hunting seasons. visit http://gfp.sd.gov/news/news/april/2.aspx or http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/elk/default.aspx.

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