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    anyone hunting SD or ND this fall? Public or Private? Good luck to anyone that gets out!

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    Ill be bow hunhting SD again for mulies this year. All public

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    I'm not even sure if a non resident can get a muley license in ND anymore. The numbers here are way way down because of a few very hard winters recently and the oil traffic. The last two years the rifle license numbers have been cut by a 1/3 each year for bucks. You can't hunt a muley doe with a bow or rifle. Not to mention the antelope season has been shut down for quite a few years. Its getting to be slim pickings in western ND but you can still find some good ones if you know where to look. I might have to try SD sometime soon if the oil boom sticks around for years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovethewest View Post
    anyone hunting SD or ND this fall? Public or Private? Good luck to anyone that gets out!
    I just moved to Kansas from SD and will be planning on going back for archery season this year again. If you are looking to hunt this year, you will only be able to hunt a buck with a bow. You can buy those tags over the counter, but every other buck tag is a draw. I know there are some monster muleys and white tail in SD. In my opinion it is a sleeper state for giants. I shot a 170" WT last year in central SD with my rifle. No real monster bow bucks yet but we have gotten a few decent ones for as open as it is where we hunt. If you want to hunt the most deer, look over by the black hills by Rapid City and right along the Missouri River. There will be both WT and muleys in these places typically with good numbers. EHD wiped out a lot of good deer last year so there are less deer this year than the last few years, but numbers are still good with lots of public land to hunt.
    Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
    Genesis 27:3 (NKJV)

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    I have been planning a hunt northern / northwest SD area for several years now, public land. The timing has not been right, so we just keep accumulating PP's. I have like 5 for west river deer! Crazy, huh? but for 3.00 bucks, I just keep getting them. we are hunting in Wyo this fall. There are very few non-resident tags to be had for the unit we want to hunt in SD, and we have 4 guys in our group. So the likelihood we draw is low. Especially since 2 of the guys will buy their 1st PP this year. So we will be applying as a group with 1 PP total next year. Kinda sucks for us who have more PP's, but oh well. Our 2 new members are good guys and good hunting partners.

    So our plan next year is to try to apply for SD gun, then if we don't draw, buy an archery tag. Then we can do some more in depth scouting for a future gun hunt in SD.

    I too think SD is a sleeper state. I saw a mulie on my way home from WYO last October along the road. It was in the hill country above the Cheyenne river in the wasta area. I think that area is almost 100% private, I looked on the SDGF after seeing this buck. Biggest mulie I have seen alive. It was dark and at night, and he was along the road. He didn't stick around long, but I quickly guessed him in the 180" range. By far the biggest mulie I have ever seen alive. My buddy shot a mulie 140" last fall, and this one destroyed that buck in every facet...height, mass, width, body size.

    I would like to try ND someday, bow or gun. Some of the areas around Medora, south of TRNF along the lil Missouri look good. Bought some maps of the area. The east side of the Lil Missouri look pretty good with decent amount of public land. i would like to try that sometime.

    good luck to all headed out this fall. I would love some insight on those of you hunting SD this year. Private Message me if you'd like.

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    I drew a rifle "any deer" tag in NW SD and am heading up to hunt on private ground this season. I have taken 2 mulies and an antelope in the last 2 seasons out there and hope the success continues! Good luck to everyone this season!!!

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    Here is my buck from ND 2 years ago. I didn't have a whole lot of time to hunt and so I was happy. Shot him on public land in one of the units where you don't need 27 points to draw. ND's non-resident tag allocation is terrible and I don't think it's right but I doubt that it will ever change. If you can draw a tag in one of the better units, I'd say it is definitely a sleeper state. A few years ago I spent some time in the badlands and saw multiple 170"+ mulies. There are also some big whitetails and if you stick with the western third of the state, there is enough public land to hunt. My 2 biggest whitetails (about 150")have both come off of public land.

    I too am buying points in SD and just need to figure out when and where I want to go there...

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    I should also mention to anyone who might be interested in applying in ND, the point system is free. You have to apply each year to get the point and cannot buy a point only. I think the non-resident tag will be $250 next year after the price increase. The rifle season is in mid-November so it is right in the middle of the rut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDHunter View Post
    Here is my buck from ND 2 years ago. I didn't have a whole lot of time to hunt and so I was happy. Shot him on public land in one of the units where you don't need 27 points to draw. ND's non-resident tag allocation is terrible and I don't think it's right but I doubt that it will ever change. If you can draw a tag in one of the better units, I'd say it is definitely a sleeper state. A few years ago I spent some time in the badlands and saw multiple 170"+ mulies. There are also some big whitetails and if you stick with the western third of the state, there is enough public land to hunt. My 2 biggest whitetails (about 150")have both come off of public land.

    I too am buying points in SD and just need to figure out when and where I want to go there...

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    That is one of the most symetrical racks I have ever seen. Very nice deer.

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    that is an awesome buck! good luck to everyone hunting this fall. Hope to see some pictures and stories!

 

 

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