“We need each of our hunters to take three or four or five deer apiece,” says big-game coordinator Ron Fowler. That means additional seasons, season extensions and more tags for 2003-62,000 for whitetails and muleys combined. The Black Hills units should produce big bucks of both species following years of limited buck tags. Large whitetails also inhabit the southeastern corner and along Missouri River drainages. Contact: Department of Game, Fish and Parks (605-773-3485; www.state.sd.us/gfp).
Deer Forecast 2003