ADA / Accessibile Game Production Areas
Game Production Areas (GPAs) enhanced for accessibility will permit access with all-terrain vehicles or other vehicles on special designated roads and trails for those individuals with a disabled hunter permit.
Vehicles will not be allowed to travel off these trails, except for the direct trail line to retrieve downed game, due to safety concerns, the potential for fire danger, and the need to protect and maintain wildlife habitat.
Any passengers in or on the disabled permit holders vehicle must be non-hunters, and all firearms must be fully cased and unloaded while the vehicle is in motion or transit. The access vehicle must come to a complete stop with the motor turned off while aiming, firing, or shooting a weapon. Disabled hunter permittees cannot use vehicles to retrieve game for other hunters and cannot use vehicles to chase, harass, pursue or intercept wildlife.
These access trails have been selected for ease of access, adequate pull-off areas, and are located in areas where a person will likely have an opportunity to view various wildlife species. Please be aware that such public areas will expose disabled hunters or other people with physical challenges, to various degrees of physical risk. Due to the variability of the terrain and conditions on these public areas, not all parts of these GPAs may be totally accessible for the disabled hunter.
These public use areas have no attendants, and there would be little chance that GFP personnel would be in the local area in case of an accident or if emergency assistance is needed. Hunters will have the responsibility and right to decide their safe use of such areas, and will need to judge their own ability to access and use them.
These areas are managed by GFP for wildlife production as for public hunting opportunity. The following areas have enhanced access opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Badger GPA (1,160 acres) in Lawrence County is located 3 miles west and 2 miles south of Spearfish. This beautiful area offers hunting opportunities for deer, elk, and turkey.
- Carpenter GPA (1,209 acres) in Lyman County near Chamberlain. This area is adjacent to the Missouri River (Lake Francis Case) 1 mile west, 1 mile south, 2 1/2 miles west, and 3 miles south of Oacoma. The area has a combination of row crops, grassland, shelterbelts, and river breaks. This scenic area offers hunting opportunities for deer, pheasants, grouse, and coyotes.
- Long Lake GPA (358 acres) in Jerauld County is located 7 miles west and 6 miles north of Wessington Springs. The area features deer and waterfowl hunting.
- Byre GPA in Lyman County has a new disabled access trail.
- Muth/Morris GPA in Miner County has a new accessible wildlife viewing blind.
- Buffalo Lake GPA in Minnehaha County has a new accessible waterfowl hunting blind in the planning stages.
- Besler Ranch WIA in Perkins County has a specific designated disabled access hunting area available.
- Mydland Pass or Lynn Lake GPA (1,470 acres) in Day County is located 9 miles west and 2 miles north of Roslyn. Hunters may seek deer and waterfowl in the area. This is a great area for viewing waterfowl, shorebirds, and song birds during their yearly migration periods. If you would be interested in fishing, the lake is known for its crappie and walleye fishery. (This access area is currently unusable due to water)