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GFP News - July 2, 2015




Custer State Park Hunting Restrictions

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission set a consistent distance where hunting can take place in Custer State Park.

Regardless of the season, hunting is prohibited within 200 yards of any public access road or building.

Currently elk, deer, mountain lion, antelope, buffalo and turkeys all have hunting seasons in Custer State Park.

Antelope Firearms Season Set

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota antelope hunters will find 3,007 licenses available for the 2015 antelope firearms hunting season; which runs from Oct. 3-18, 2015.

Residents will have 2,945 single tag licenses available, while nonresidents will have 62 single tag licenses.


Fall Turkey Hunting Season Set


PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission finalized the 2015 fall turkey hunting season by offering 100 more one-tag licenses for resident turkey hunters in the East River prairie units and reducing the number of licenses available in the Black Hills for the 2015 hunting season from 750 to 400 resident single tag any turkey licenses.

The season will run from Nov. 1, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016, and offer 400 resident and 32 nonresident Black Hills any turkey licenses, 835 single tag any turkey and 50 two-tag any turkey licenses for East River prairie units, along with unlimited resident and nonresident single tag any turkey licenses for the West River prairie season.

The Commission also modified Unit NE1 to include those portions of Marshall County south and east of SD Highway 25 and north of SD Highway 10 and Roberts County north of SD Highway 10.

Early Fall Canada Goose Season Set

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission set the 2015 early fall Canada goose hunting season at their July meeting this week.

The early fall Canada goose season runs from Sept. 1 -30, 2015, with a daily limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45, and is open in Unit 1 only. 

The one change to the early fall Canada goose season closes parts of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties and includes these areas in Canada goose Unit 2.  This change allows for hunting Canada geese in the Sioux Falls area to occur later in the season.

 

South Dakota’s Goose Hunting Season Proposed

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed the 2015 Goose Hunting Season at their July meeting.

The season dates and limits include:

Light Geese and White Fronted Geese              
Statewide:  Sept. 26 – Dec. 20, 2015

Canada Geese (and Brant)
Unit 1:  October 1 – December 16, 2015
Unit 2: Nov. 2, 2015 – Feb. 14, 2016
Unit 3:  January 9-17, 2016

Daily Limits:                                                                                       
Canada Geese                                                        

Light Geese: 50                                                            
White-Fronted Geese: 2

Possession Limits:

Canada Goose Units

The one proposed change would increase the number of hunting days for white-fronted geese from 72 to 86 consecutive days.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their Aug. 6-7, 2015, meeting at the Aberdeen AmericInn. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on Aug. 6. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. CDT at the AmericInn in Aberdeen.

South Dakota’s Duck Hunting Season Proposed

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed the 2015 duck hunting season at their July meeting.

The season dates include:

  • High Plains Zone: October 10, 2015 – January 14, 2016
  • Low Plains North & Low Plains Middle Zone: September 26 – December 8, 2015
  • Low Plains South Zone: October 10 – December 22, 2015


A daily bag limit of six ducks may be comprised of no more than five mallards (which may include no more than two hens), three wood ducks, two scaup, two redheads, two pintails and one canvasback. The one change proposed by the GFP Commission is to reduce the scaup daily bag limit from three to two.

Hunters may also harvest 15 coots and five mergansers (which may include no more than two hooded mergansers).

The possession limit for South Dakota duck hunters is three times the daily bag limit.
The Commission will finalize this proposal at their Aug. 6-7, 2015, meeting at the Aberdeen AmericInn. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on Aug. 6. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. CDT at the AmericInn in Aberdeen.

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