- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission is proposing to allow more hunters to take elk in the Black Hills this season.

The commission met in Pierre this week for its March meeting. Commissioners proposed increasing the number of firearm elk licenses to 930, up from 2014’s 630, for the Black Hills season.

The proposals includes 430 any elk licenses and 500 antlerless licenses.

The Capital Journal reports that the increase in licenses is the result of strong elk population growth in the last few years.

The commission also proposed increase the number of licenses for the archery elk season. They’re looking at increasing licenses from 92 any elk and 15 antlerless elk to 144 any elk and 56 antlerless elk.

It will finalize the proposals at its April meeting.

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