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South Dakota Archery & Rifle Whitetail Deer Hunts

South Dakota Archery & Rifle Whitetail Deer Hunts

Dakota Whitetail Hunts

A Typical Whitetail Deer Hunt

Routier Outfitting offers both rifle and archery Whitetail deer hunts. This is primarily a spot and stalk hunt for rifle hunters while archery hunters use spot and stalk, tree stands and blinds in pine tree covered hills, agricultural fields and food plots. These are actual food plots planted and fenced off and saved just for the deer. This lets us put tree stands and blinds along trails between the bedding areas and feeding areas.

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. It has happened on numerous occasions because we have lots of areas that hold both Mule deer and Whitetail deer together. This is convenient and gives our clients one more option to take a South Dakota archery Whitetail Buck.

A typical Whitetail deer is going to score 130 in. with the top end being 150 in.

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White Tailed Hunting

Applying for a Whitetail License

Rifle hunters have two different licenses they can apply for to up their odds of drawing. The first application is due in early April and is called the special buck license. The special buck license is good for one any deer on private land only, and we hunt private land exclusively. Once again this licenses is good for any deer so if you see a big Whitetail buck while you are hunting Mule deer you have the option of taking him. It cost $560 and this is your best chance of drawing a license. If unsuccessful in drawing the special buck license you can then apply for the general drawing 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.

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South Dakota Deer Hunting

Whitetail Deer Hunts


  • $1500 hunt fee + $1500 trophy fee if you draw blood plus Tax.
  • Includes lodging, guides and meals.
  • Archery season traditionally starts the last Saturday of September and goes to December 31
  • 5 Days, fully guided.


  • $3500 plus Tax.
  • Includes lodging, guides and meals.
  • Rifle season traditionally starts the second Saturday of November and goes for 15 days
  • 4 Days, fully guided.
Whitetail Deer Hunting in South Dakota

Combo Hunts Available

Archery Deer & Antelope

  • $5000 plus Tax.
  • Includes lodging, guides and meals.
  • 5-7 Days
  • Last week of September or last 2 weeks of October.