PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted a proposal at their December meeting that would provide a terminally ill South Dakota resident the opportunity to hunt big game.

The Secretary may authorize a resident who has been diagnosed by a licensed doctor of medicine to have a terminal illness which is medically expected to significantly shorten their life expectency to hunt deer, antelope and turkey. The proposed rule would also authorize the Secretary to provide allowances for persons 25 and under who are fighting cancer, other terminal illnesses or a disease which will significantly reduce their life expectancy. The proposed rule would allow hunting only during established hunting seasons, and would allow the hunter to take no more than one deer, antelope and turkey.

The proposal also allows that certain restrictions may be waived or additional terms or conditions may be imposed necessary to facilitate participation for the person receiving authorization.

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