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GFP News - March 21, 2014


2014 Hunting Season Dates Set

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized most big game hunting season dates for 2014 with no changes from 2013.

The Commission sets season dates in the early spring to give hunters a chance to plan their fall schedules. The season structure, including license numbers, will be set in the coming months.

Dates of interest for 2014 include:

The GFP Commission received a petition to adjust the Archery Deer Season dates to begin on the second Saturday of September and end on Dec. 31. This would be a change from beginning on the fourth Saturday and ending on Jan. 15. Final action on the Archery Deer season dates will take place at the April Commission meeting and additional information will follow at that time.

The following areas of interest will be discussed at upcoming Commission meetings:

To view the complete list of seasons and monthly meetings where the Commission will discuss and consider adjustments to administrative rules, please visit:  http://www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx.

Elk Seasons Proposed

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed several elk seasons at their March meeting.

The Commission proposed three "any elk" licenses for the Firearms Custer State Park (CSP) Season and two "any elk" licenses for the CSP Early Archery Season, a reduction of 1 tag each from 2013. The CSP Late Archery and CSP Antlerless Elk Seasons will remain closed.

The Commission also proposed to increase the total number of licenses available for the Black Hills Firearms Elk Hunting Season to 770, up from 620 in 2013. The proposal would have 420 "any elk" licenses and 350 "antlerless elk" licenses. The Commission also proposed to remove the portion of Black Hills Unit 7 that is east of I-90 and place it in the Prairie Elk Hunting Season.

The Commission proposed to adjust the number of licenses available from 45 "any elk" and 51 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 96 licenses) to 57 "any elk" and 36 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 93 licenses) for the Prairie Elk Hunting Season as well.

The proposal would also modify the Unit 9 boundary to include the area east of Interstate 90, south of Sturgis and north of Piedmont and an area north and east of Highway 34 just north of Whitewood. The proposed season dates for Unit 9 would be adjusted from Sept. 15 - Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-15 to Sept. 15 - Oct. 31 and Dec. 1-31.

The Commission proposal for the Archery Elk Hunting Season recommends to adjust the number of licenses available from 92 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 107 licenses) in 2013 to 92 "any elk" and 40 "antlerless elk" licenses (total of 132 licenses) for 2014 and to remove the area east of I-90 in Unit 7.

The Commission will finalize these proposals during their April meeting in Oacoma. Written comments on these proposals can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be included in the public record, comments must be received by 10 a.m. CDT on April 3 and have your full name and city of residence. The public comment portion of the April meeting will be held at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma on April 3.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Hunting Seasons

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized several hunting seasons with no changes from 2013.

Grouse, all pheasant, partridge, quail, cottontail, squirrel, crow and snipe hunting seasons were finalized with no changes because no changes were proposed.

The Commission has proposed changing the possession limits from two times (2x) to three times (3x) for both the sandhill crane and mourning dove hunting seasons as approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Commission will finalize these proposals during their April meeting in Oacoma. Written comments on these proposals can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to wildinfo@state.sd.us . To be included in the public record, comments must be received by 10 a.m. CDT on April 3 and have your full name and city of residence. The public comment portion of the April meeting will be held at 2 p.m. CDT at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma on April 3.

Snow Goose Migration Enters South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. - The annual snow goose migration is underway and to help control their population and prevent further habitat degradation nesting birds have caused to the Arctic tundra, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a Conservation Order to allow states to hunt snow geese in the spring.

In South Dakota, the Conservation Order runs from Feb. 15 through May 4, 2014. The Conservation Order is specific to snow and blue geese as well as Ross' geese. Other waterfowl may not be taken.

Hunting is allowed statewide with no limit on the number of snow geese that may be taken. Hunters are required to have a valid hunting license, but the federal waterfowl stamp is not required. Nontoxic shot is required.
For more information on the Spring Conservation Order, visit http://www.gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/spring-light-goose.aspx.

Information on snow goose migration movement and hunting opportunities can also be found on our website at: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/migration/.  Follow us on Facebook for the most recent updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Dakota-Game-Fish-and-Parks/277814678738.

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