Wednesday, 04 April 2012 14:53
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Commission is issuing fewer Black Hills elk licenses for the 2012
season but is stopping short of granting requests for a moratorium
on all antlerless tags.
Commissioners finalized the Black Hills elk hunting season
Wednesday, setting license levels at 395 any elk and 175 antlerless
That's a drop from 470 any elk licenses and 395 antlerless
licenses issued in 2011.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department had initially requested 260
Black Hills antlerless elk tags, but commissioner John Cooper asked
his colleagues to further reduce that number by 85.
GF&P regional wildlife specialist John Kanta estimates that
there about 4,000 elk in the entire Black Hills, including Wind
Cave National Park. The department would like to bring that number
up to 5,500.
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