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GF&P delays decision on fall turkey season

FORT PIERRE — Expect fewer licenses and fewer tags for fall turkey hunting in South Dakota this year.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission discussed the 2014 season regulations Tuesday but delayed final approval.

The commission decided to amend the proposal by limiting the number of licenses to two for any hunter. The limit is currently five.

The commission will consider the two-license matter at its August meeting. Commission member Barry Jensen of White River suggested the change.

"That's in light of the numbers this year. They're really down," Jensen said.

The commission plans to reduce available licenses to 1,535 for residents, a reduction of 2,245 from 2013.

There won't be a season in Bennett, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Jackson, Meade, Pennington, Shannon, Ziebach, Minnehaha, Brookings, Deuel, Lincoln and Moody counties.

Multi-tag licenses would be nearly eliminated. There will be 1,585 tags, a reduction of 2,895.

One month of the season also would be chopped off. The season would run Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2015.