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FORT PIERRE -- South Dakota's archery deer season might open two weeks earlier under a proposal made Thursday by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

The commission's decision came in response to a formal petition from the South Dakota Bowhunters organization asking that the season open on the second Saturday of September.

The season normally starts on the fourth Saturday of September.

A public hearing on the proposed change will be at 2 p.m. April 3 when the commission next meets at Cedar Shore Resort at Oacoma.

The state Wildlife Division presented its calendar of starting dates for all big-game seasons Thursday. There were no changes recommended.

The bowhunters' petition came in the wake of the defeat of legislation that sought the same change to the second Saturday of September.

The commission's proposal also will look at whether the archery-deer season should close at the end of December rather than run through the first two weeks of January.