GFP News - April 7, 2017
The rules finalized by the GFP Commission at the April 6-7, 2017, meeting are not in effect due to a Department error to follow statute procedures. The facility use fees for Good Earth State Park and the rule changes for terminally ill hunters will be re-proposed on May 4-5, 2017, in Custer State Park. The existing elk hunting season rules remain unchanged.
Good Earth State Park Fees Finalized
PIERRE, S.D. - This week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission established facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park.
The fees, which range from picnic shelter rentals to wedding events, take into consideration facility expenses, staff time and clean-up costs and are comparable with similar facility rentals in the Sioux Falls area. Other state parks have similar rules and fees in place to allow for special events. To view these fees, visit: http://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx.
A grand opening for the state park’s new visitor center will be held May 19, 2017. This event coincides with the department’s annual open house weekend May 19-21, 2017, which offers free entrance to all state parks and recreation areas during that time. The park entrance license requirement will go into effect for Good Earth State Park beginning May 22, 2017.
2017 Elk Season Finalized
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their April meeting.
The 2017 season will follow the same season date structure as the 2016 season.
" The Commission finalized the 2017 archery elk hunting season with season dates of Sept. 1-30 and 147 any elk and 130 antlerless elk licenses. This proposal resulted in a decrease of 10 antlerless elk licenses compared to 2016.
The 2017 prairie elk hunting season will have 149 licenses in the four prairie hunting units and will follow the same season date structure as 2016. Prairie unit 30A (Gregory County) will remain closed.
rule changes for terminally ill hunters
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission expanded a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.
This allowance is available to a resident who has been diagnosed to have a terminal illness that is expected to substantially shorten their life expectancy; or to a resident under the age of 26 who has been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illness. Authorizations allow the resident to hunt and take no more than one deer, antelope or turkey. Authorizations are issued as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each species.
The rule change will allow the GFP department secretary to authorize a terminally ill resident to hunt a deer, antelope or turkey outside established season dates if circumstances justify such an allowance.
GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.