Nearly 70,000 deer were taken in 2003, an increase of 7,355 over 2002’s take. Ron Fowler, big-game coordinator for Game, Fish and Parks, hopes the abundant antlerless tags available this season will fuel another solid harvest. The buck take should be good; Fowler notes that hunters are reporting increased numbers of mature bucks across the state, including mule deer in their Black Hills habitat. Hunting units west of the Missouri River, including drainages of the Cheyenne and Belle Fourche rivers, are home to big bucks, both whitetails and muleys.
Deer Forecast 2004 -- MIDWEST