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Youth Antlerless Deer

Each year girls and boys reach an age where, with guidance and mentorship, they are ready to become the next generation of hunters.

GFP offers a statewide resident and nonresident Youth Antlerless Deer season, traditionally opening the second Saturday of September. Resident and nonresident youth that are or will be at least 12 years old on December 31 of the current year, and are younger than 18 years old on June 30 of the current year, may purchase a license and hunt the entire season.

Licenses must be purchased by application through the GFP License Office, and are sold throughout the season.

  • Season Dates:
    Youth Antlerless Deer - Sept. 9, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018

Special Requirements: Youth hunter must have successfully completed the HuntSAFE program and possess a HuntSafe card, and must be accompanied by an unarmed adult unless the adult has a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the youth hunter or the adult is carrying a pistol and possesses a valid concealed pistol permit. Big game hunters using a firearm must wear the required fluorescent orange.

Thank you for taking the time to hunt with our children. By sharing a safe, ethical and fun hunt with a young person, the hunting tradition is sure to be passed on to future generations.

application Information

Free access permits

In addition to a license, a FREE access permit is required to hunt certain areas during this season. An access permit is obtained/applied for through the online license system.

Access Permit for Hill Ranch GPA, Little Moreau GPA, and all Custer National Forest Service land within Harding County: FREE Access Permit required for Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth deer hunting.

Be a mentor to a young hunter

A mentored hunting license is available for youth age 10 through 16. This is a separate application process from the youth deer application. This is a one-to-one mentorship between an adult and the youth. The youth is not required to have hunter safety certification for this hunt, but certification is required of the mentor. Other requirements are listed in the application form.

HuntSafe courses

The HuntSAFE program is a required course for young hunters in South Dakota. A list of upcoming HuntSAFE courses is available.