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Hunting in South Dakota: 4 Animals to Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 02:17 PM

Hunting in South Dakota is great any time of the year, but summer is one season that is reserved mostly for hunting predators and varmints unless hunters go for animals that are permitted to be hunted year-round.

Here are four popular animals to hunt in the South Dakota during the summer:

1. Antelope
The first archery antelope season of the year starts mid-August and ends the first week of October. It is open to both residents and nonresidents. Hunters must purchase the license by application through the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks license office. In order to participate in this hunt, both residents and nonresident need to pass the National Bowhunter Education Course, according to SouthDakotaHunting.com.

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2. Gray Fox
The gray fox hunting season is year-round. There is no daily limit restriction nor are the legal hunting hours restricted. This may change at some point in the future, so it is important to always check with SD GFP to make sure you are following the most current rules and regulations pertaining to hunting this animal.

3. Muskrat
One popular animal that people enjoy hunting in the summer is the muskrat. The season opens at the beginning of April and continues through the end of August. This particular season is available to select people, which include lessees and landowners along with specific government officials. Besides legal archery equipment, hunters are able to use various firearms which include the .45 caliber muzzleloader, .22 caliber or smaller cartridge firearm, or shotguns that use nontoxic shells. There are no restrictions when it comes to the daily limit, possession limit, or legal hours available for hunting muskrats.

4. Cottontail Rabbit
One of the most popular animals for hunting in South Dakota by young and old alike is the cottontail rabbit. This particular type of rabbit prefers to feed early in the morning and at sunset and does not like to be in large areas that are primarily open, SouthDakotaHunting.com said. Cottontails tend to stick to areas like forest edges and brushy areas that afford more protection. This season opens in the beginning of September while summer is waning and extends through the end of February.

The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department keeps track of the number and species of animals hunted each year, which helps them to determine how to manage wildlife populations. Based on that information, the time and dates for a season are subject to change. Always make sure to consult the SD GFP website for current information.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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