Harvest Complete: Sioux Falls Police Fill All 30 Deer Tags

Tags successfully filled within a three-week period

As a result of the Deer Management Plan, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks issued 30 deer tags to the Sioux Falls Police Department. Those 30 deer tags have been successfully filled within a three-week period.

The long-term comprehensive Deer Management Plan for Sioux Falls was developed in cooperation with the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks. The plan involves public education, an ordinance that prohibits deer feeding, and the removal of a limited number of deer. The decision to harvest deer will be evaluated year-to-year by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, based partly on annual deer counts held in the fall.

The goal is not to eliminate all deer in Sioux Falls, but to best manage the health and well-being of the deer that live inside city limits. Some deer recently removed were found to have disease that could affect other deer or even domestic pets. Keeping the deer population in check will help the remaining deer herd stay healthy.

The meat from the harvested deer was donated to the needy and totaled about 900 pounds of processed meat.