South Dakota Shines

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I find it interesting that South Dakota harvests more mule deer than Utah or Arizona. Why do you think that is?


PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota hunters can look back on 2008 as another record-setting year for deer harvest.

According to harvest surveys compiled by the Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year brought the highest-ever recorded deer harvest in the state. It was the ninth straight year that the deer harvest increased.

GFP Game Harvest Survey Coordinator Corey Huxoll said an estimated 74,000 white-tailed deer and 18,000 mule deer were harvested during the 2008 hunting seasons, or a total of more than 91,000 deer. That is an increase of more than 4,000 deer from 2007 and nearly double the 46,000 deer harvested in 1999.

Overall harvest success of 48 percent remained unchanged from 2007. The number of deer tags issued more than doubled from 88,000 in 1999 to 189,000 tags in 2008.

The 2008 Big Game Harvest Projections Report is complete and can be accessed through the GFP Web site at in the “What’s New” section, or it can be requested by mail or in person in printed form from 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501.

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