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GFP News - July 20, 2016

CORRECTION: Deer Camp Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters

The previous release had incorrect contact information
Presho, S.D. - Eight first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in a managed youth deer hunt and camp on Sept. 24-25 at the Snake Den Lodge near Presho.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Pheasants Forever in partnership with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks are hosting a free event that is open to first time youth deer hunters between the ages of 12 and 15. Participants must be HuntSAFE certified and accompanied by a parent or mentor. Participants will learn how to select the best ammunition and firearm for deer hunting, improve shooting and firearm safety, sight in a firearm, field dress and how to properly care for meat. The youth hunters will be provided three meals, snacks, lodging, deer licenses, guns, ammunition, safety equipment, transportation to and from hunting, binoculars and assistance with field processing.

Each hunter will be paired with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Participation is limited to seven hunters. Applicants will be selected based upon their responses to the application questions. Successful applicants are required to attend a pre-hunt orientation meeting on the morning of Sept. 24. Hunting will take place on Presho area farms on Sept. 24-25.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, contact GFP conservation officer, Brian Ridgway at 605.734.4578 or



GFP Reminds Waterfowl Hunters; No August Management Take For Canada Geese in eastern South Dakota for 2016

Pierre, S.D. - Most of South Dakota’s waterfowl hunters will have to wait an extra month before taking to the fields to hunt early season Canada geese.

The August Management Take season for Canada geese is limited to the area of Pennington County, west of the Cheyenne River.  All areas in eastern South Dakota are closed.

For a majority of the state (Unit 1), waterfowl hunters will be able to hunt Canada geese from Sept. 3 - Dec. 18, with a daily limit of 15 in September and 8 geese from Oct. 1 - Dec. 18.

For more information on the 2016 goose hunting seasons, visit



Becoming an Outdoors Woman Registration Open

Pierre, S.D.- Registration for the annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman is now open. This year’s event will be Sept. 9-11 at Outlaw Ranch near Custer, South Dakota.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman is an education program striving to make women more comfortable and aware of the outdoors and outdoor-related activities. The three-day workshop invites women 18 and older to pursue firearms shooting, hunting, fishing, wild game preparation, archery, photography, kayaking, paddle boarding and Dutch oven cooking. Becoming an Outdoors Woman is for anyone who wants to further these skills or is a beginner in outdoor activities.  

Registration is first come, first-served and is limited to 100 participants. Register online at or call Erin Boggs at 605.773.3384.



GFP Commission Seeking Input on Land Purchasing Guidelines

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is seeking input on proposed land acquisition priorities and guidelines through Aug. 3, 2016.

"The purpose of this document is to help guide our agency and the GFP Commission in conducting land acquisitions over the next decade," stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. "While the current priorities and guidelines are based on a traditional approach, we are seeking input from hunters, anglers, and state park and recreation land users to help shape future land acquisition priorities."

Lands administered by GFP provide South Dakota residents and visitors with myriad hunting, fishing, boating, camping and other outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as places to enjoy wildlife and the beauty of the South Dakota landscape.
This document sets forth GFP acquisition priorities and details the guiding principles by which land purchases are conducted. To view the document, please visit Please email comments and feedback to


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