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GFP News - July 14, 2017


 

2017 sage grouse season closed

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.

The closure is based on the season guidelines found within the 2014-2018 Sage-Grouse management plan for South Dakota. Those guidelines suggest a season closure if less than 150 male sage grouse are counted on priority leks and less than 250 are counted on all known lek sites. Results from the 2017 spring lek surveys indicated 77 (102 in 2016) males on priority leks and 218 (278 in 2016) males on all leks.

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2017-2018 antelope hunting season finalized for archery and firearm

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearm antelope hunting seasons.

The firearm seasons will be Sept. 30 - Oct. 15, 2017, and Sept. 29 - Oct. 14, 2018. A total of 4,665 resident single tag licenses and 300 resident double tag licenses will be issued. This is an increase of 2,020 resident licenses from 2016. This allows for 118 nonresident single tag licenses and 12 nonresident double tag licenses.

The archery antelope seasons will be Aug. 19 - Oct. 31, 2017, and Aug. 18 - Oct. 31, 2018, except when the firearm antelope season is open. Archery antelope tags are unlimited, but restricted to one any antelope license per hunter.

Five free access permits will be issued via lottery drawing to those licensees who possess a valid any antelope resident archery license for portions of Custer and Pennington counties within the Black Hills Fire Protection District, with the exception of Custer State Park.

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antelope and coyote hunting changes for custer state park

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed Custer State Park to antelope hunting for the 2017 hunting season due to decreased herd numbers from previous years while also taking into consideration the wildlife viewing opportunities for park visitors.

The Commission opened Custer State Park to hunt coyotes for any resident with a predator/varmint license, resident furbearer license, or any resident hunting license. All hunters are required to obtain a free access permit. Hunters also have to be a minimum of 200 yards from any roads or buildings within the park.

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