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GFP News - June 12, 2017


 

GFP Commission proposes closure of the sage grouse season

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

The recommended 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.

The Commission will finalize the proposal July 13-14 at the Amercinn in Fort Pierre. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on July 13. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT at the Americinn in Fort Pierre.


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archery and firearm antelope hunting seasons proposed

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearms antelope hunting seasons at their June meeting.

The proposed firearm seasons would be Sept. 30 - Oct. 15, 2017, and Sept. 29 - Oct. 14, 2018. A total of 3,265 resident single tag licenses and 82 nonresident single tag licenses were proposed. This is an increase of 320 resident licenses from 2016.

The proposed archery antelope seasons would 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.

The Commission will finalize the proposal July 13-14 at the Amercinn in Fort Pierre. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on July 13. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT at the Americinn in Fort Pierre.


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proposed changes to antelope and coyote hunting in custer state park

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close Custer State Park for antelope hunting during their June meeting.  Results of the 2017 survey indicate that antelope numbers have decreased far enough from the previous few years to offer a hunting season, while also considering viewing opportunities for park visitors.

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

The Commission will finalize the proposal July 13-14 at the Amercinn in Fort Pierre. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on July 13. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT at the Americinn in Fort Pierre.


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archery deer season set for the next two years

Pierre, S.D. - On June 9, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid.

To align with current population management objectives, antlerless whitetail deer licenses will now be valid in units 44A and 62A and not valid for units 13L, 17A, 25A, 41A, 50A, and 58A.

Season dates for 2017 and 2018 seasons are:

The Commission also extended the end date for archery deer hunting in Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge from Dec. 31 to Jan. 15.


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east river and west river deer hunting seasons set

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted their proposal which will offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season; with a majority of this reduction to antlerless whitetail licenses.

There will be 3,580 more one-tag licenses, 4,925 less two-tag licenses (10,150 tags), and 1,400 less 3-tag licenses (4,200 tags) compared to 2016, and a total of 21,075 one-tag and 5,250 two-tag licenses available.

The Commission modified the proposed Unit 13L to include those portions of the Brule Bottom Game Production Area and Corp of Engineer area lands north of 240th Street including the Pease Game Production Area in southwest Buffalo County; and the Boyer Game Production Area and Corp of Engineer area lands west of 342nd Avenue, south of 255th Street and Canyon Road, and south of a line extending from 256th Street west to the Missouri River (see map below).  This unit would consist of all public land and landowner preference will not apply.  With the creation of this limited access unit; archery, muzzleloader and youth deer hunters will be required to obtain a free, unlimited access permit from the department prior to hunting in this area.

Dates for the 2017 and 2018 East River deer hunting seasons are:

The Commission slightly reduced the total number of licenses available for the 2017 and 2018 West River deer hunting seasons compared to 2016. The total number of licenses will be 15,340 one-tag and 3,320 two-tag resident licenses and 1,231 one-tag and 266 two-tag licenses for nonresidents.

The Commission modified the proposal and eliminated the split seasons for Mellette County to have them align with the West River deer hunting season beginning in the 2018 hunting season. The split season dates for Gregory County will remain unchanged. The season dates for Unit 24B (Little Moreau) were modified to 16 consecutive days beginning on the Saturday 12 days before Thanksgiving.

Season dates for the 2017 and 2018 West River deer hunting seasons are:


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black hills and custer state park deer seasons set

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission increased the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

A total of 200 more resident antlerless whitetail deer licenses and 16 more nonresident antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be available for the BH-BD1 unit, compared to 2016.

The Commission also expanded the type and number of deer hunters allowed into Custer State Park. There will be 19 more any whitetail deer and five more any deer licenses as compared to the 2016 hunting season.

These licenses will be valid for only archery hunting from Nov. 1-15 and firearms and all allowable weapons for firearm hunting from Nov. 16-30.

Custer State Park will have 30 antlerless whitetail deer muzzleloader licenses available for hunters from Dec. 1-15.


 

 

 


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muzzleloader and refuge deer hunting season set for next two years

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

To align with current population management objectives, antlerless whitetail deer licenses will now be valid in units 44A and 62A and not valid for units 13L, 17A, 25A, 41A, 50A, and 58A. One thousand statewide any deer licenses and unlimited single-tag licenses for unit MZD-LM1 antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be available.

Season dates are:

Adjustments were made to the National Wildlife Refuge deer seasons as well. There will be 10 more resident and one more nonresident any deer licenses for Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, while offering 10 less resident and one less nonresident any deer licenses for Waubay National Wildlife Refuge. The Commission changed all licenses within Waubay Wildlife Refuge to be restricted to muzzle-loading rifles.

Licenses and season dates for National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) are:

Sand Lake NWR              

Lacreek NWR       

Waubay NWR


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Good Eats around south dakota state parks

Pierre, S.D. - State parks and recreation areas around the South Dakota will hold cooking classes Saturday, June 17.

Experts will teach the basic skills and safety precautions of outdoor cooking while providing hands-on cooking experience. Key lessons include grilling, campfire and Dutch oven safety.

"As South Dakotans, we spend a lot of time outdoors," said state park visitor services coordinator Lynn Spomer. "Teaching your kids how to take care of a fire and cook their food properly is a lifelong skill. Teaching them the importance of food preparation and safety around areas like open fires and Dutch ovens in a safe, fun environment could spark their inner chef!"

June 17

The events are free of charge, but a park entrance license is required.
See the events calendar at gfp.sd.gov for more information about events in South Dakota state parks.


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