A typical South Dakota whitetail deer at Dahl Outfitters is going to score between 140 BC to 160+ BC. Rifle season traditionally starts the second Saturday of November and goes for 16 days. Archery season starts September 1 and goes to January 1. South Dakota archery deer licenses are good for any deer. So that means if you come with archery Mule deer in mind and we happen to see a trophy Whitetail deer that you are interested in, that option is available. We will spot and stalk mainly for rifle hunters while archery hunters use spot and stalk and blinds. We hunt river bottoms, agriculture fields, draws, and some badlands.
Our rates include guides, lodging, and meals.
Rifle hunters can increase their chances of drawing a deer tag by applying for two different license. The first application is called the West River Special Buck license and its due in early April. It cost $560 and this is your best chance of drawing a license. The Special Buck license is good for one any deer so if you see a big Whitetail buck while you are hunting Mule deer you have the option of taking him. This license is for private land only, and private land is all we hunt. If unsuccessful in drawing the Special Buck license you can then apply for West River Deer draw in June. The general drawing license is species specific and this license cost $286. Even though you have to send in an application archery Whitetail deer licenses are guaranteed with no deadline to apply and cost $286. You can either apply online or send in a paper application.