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GFP News - December 23, 2013

Black hills mountain lion season opens thursday

PIERRE, S.D. - The 2014 South Dakota resident-only mountain lion hunting season for the Black Hills Fire Protection District will open on Thursday, Dec. 26.

The season for the Black Hills is open through March 31 unless a harvest limit of 75 mountain lions or 50 female mountain lions is reached at an earlier date.

All mountain lions harvested within the Black Hills must be presented to a Game, Fish and Parks Department representative at the Rapid City office (4130 Adventure Trail) or the Custer State Park Headquarters within 24 hours of harvest for inspection.

Residents may purchase one 2014 mountain lion hunting license. The license is not only valid for the Black Hills season, but also valid Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 on land that is located outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Licenses may be purchased by application through the mail or online through the Game, Fish and Parks Department website at

Hunters will find updates on the harvest of mountain lions in the Black Hills online at

Updates will also be available from the GFP smartphone app, toll free phone at 1.866.895.9067 and by signing up for email notifications through the GFP website.

youth goose hunt to be held jan. 3-5

PIERRE, S.D. - The 24th annual Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be held in Pierre Jan. 3-5.

The hunt, which is free to youth hunters ages 12-15, will begin at the Pierre Ramkota at 7 p.m. on Friday night with a mandatory information meeting. Hunters will be assigned their guides for the weekend and given instructions for the following morning hunt.

Following their Saturday hunt, participants will have the chance to attend seminars on goose calling and decoy placement, and will be eligible for several prizes.

"This hunt is a great way for kids to get involved in waterfowl hunting," said Sam Koenecke, a past participant in the Youth Hunt, and now one of the event coordinators. "We want kids of all experience levels to come out and see what goose hunting is all about, get some hands on training and hopefully become the future of waterfowling".

For more information on the 24th Annual Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt, contact the Game, Fish and Parks Waterfowl Access Trailer at 605.264.5380, Tim Withers at 605.280.6435 or Sam Koenecke at 605.220.0001.


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