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GFP News - April 10, 2014


2014 Elk Seasons Set

PIERRE, S.D. -The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five "any elk" licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four "any elk" licenses available.

The Black Hills archery elk hunting season will have 92 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses available for the season running Sept. 1-30. Unit 7 for the archery season was also changed; with the area east of Interstate 90 being removed and placed in Unit 9 of the prairie elk hunting season.

The Black Hills elk hunting season will have 420 "any elk" and 250 "antlerless elk" licenses available for the season that will run Oct. 1-31 for "any elk" hunters and Oct. 16-31 and Dec. 1-15 for "antlerless elk" hunters. Unit 7 for the Black Hills elk hunting season was also changed and follows the same adjustment as made to the Black Hills archery season.

The prairie elk hunting season will have 57 "any elk" and 36 "antlerless elk" licenses available. Season dates are unit specific. Prairie Unit 9 was modified to include an area northeast of Highway 34 and the portion removed from Unit 7 for both the Black Hills and Black Hills archery seasons.

Online applications for the 2014 elk hunting seasons are now available and can be accessed here: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/elk/default.aspx.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Waterfowl and Mourning Dove Season

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized several waterfowl hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

Hunters will be able to have three times their possession limit of sandhill cranes and mourning doves in 2014. The mourning dove hunting season will be Sept. 1- Nov. 9 and the sandhill crane hunting season will run from Sept. 27 - Nov. 23.

Commissioners did not propose any changes in the number of waterfowl licenses available to nonresidents from 2013. There will be 4,000 special waterfowl licenses; 2,000 early fall Canada goose temporary licenses; 2,000 fall 3-day temporary licenses and 10,000 spring snow goose licenses available for nonresident hunters.

The number of special Canada goose licenses will also be unchanged from last year. The Bennett County season will run from Oct. 18 - Dec. 21 and will have 800 3-tag licenses available for residents and 25 2-tag licenses available for nonresidents.

The 2014 South Dakota tundra swan hunting season will run from Oct. 4 to the end of the light goose hunting season and was finalized with 1,100 resident and 200 nonresident single tag licenses available.

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