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GFP News - april 12, 2016


Foster Bay Boat Ramp Closed

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has closed the boat ramp at Foster Bay until further notice. GFP advises no boat travel in this area, and the boat dock has been removed.

Several feet of sediment has deposited in the bay in the last few years. When last surveyed on June 4, 2013, the bottom elevation of the Foster Bay boat ramp was 1604. The current bottom elevation of this ramp is likely 1607 to 1607.5 feet.

A video of the area can be viewed on the Oahe Downstream Facebook page.

For more information about this ramp closure, call 605.223.7722.

Information on other Lake Oahe boat ramps can be found online at, click on the fishing and boating tab and select boating information for a map of boat ramp access points across the state.


Use of Trail Cameras and Blinds on Public Lands

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission modified the ability to use trail cameras and portable hunting blinds on public lands at their April meeting.

Portable tree stands, portable blinds and climbing devices that do not utilize nails, wire, or bolts for attachment are allowed from Aug. 25 to Feb. 15, inclusive. Portable blinds may also be used during the spring turkey season.

The Commission also voted to allow trail cameras on public lands owned, leased or controlled by the department; they may be attached to trees, posts or other structures by utilizing no more than one nail, bolt or screw. The name and address or the year and current applicable big game license number of the owner or user must be on the exterior of an unattended trail camera. Trail cams are allowed year round.


GFP Finalizes Clarification on the Use of Air Guns While Hunting

PIERRE, S.D. - In March, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department proposed to lower the required muzzle velocity for air guns from 1,000 to 600 feet per second while hunting cottontail rabbits, red squirrels, fox squirrels and grey squirrels along with any predator/varmint.

At the April GFP Commission meeting, this proposal failed to receive a majority vote (4-4), and as a result the rule remains as originally written. All air guns will still be required to produce a muzzle velocity of at least 1,000 feet per second. Only hunting pellets are permitted.



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