South Dakota's first bobcat season east of the Missouri River opens Saturday.
GF&P conservation officer Sam Schelhaas says that the East River bobcat population has reached the point where it can sustain a limited harvest.
The season runs in Yankton, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Brule and Buffalo counties from December 8-30.
Schelhaas says hunters and trappers who take bobcats are required to remove the pelts from the carcasses and surrender the entire carcasses within five days to GF&P for registration and tagging.
Hunters must have a fur-bearer license, and only one bobcat is allowed per hunter or trapper.
Once the season is closed, an individual has 24 hours to notify GF&P personnel of any untagged bobcats harvested during the season.
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