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GFP News - march 6, 2015


 

gfp commission finalizes aquatic invasive species rules


PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several rules to prevent the introduction and slow the spread of existing aquatic invasive species in the state.

Boaters and anglers will be required to remove all vegetation and aquatic invasive species from all boats and boat trailers. In addition, it will be required that all drain plugs and related devices be opened or removed from boats when in transport. An exception would be granted to allow livewells to hold water while being transported from a boat ramp to an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station.

Anglers will not be allowed to transport fish or aquatic bait in water obtained from a lake, river or stream except when they are traveling from a lake, river or stream to an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station. Anglers will be able to transport fish and aquatic bait using domestic water resources or on ice.

These new rules will not be effective until 20 days after filed with the Secretary of State's Office.
More information in regard to these new rules as well as aquatic invasive species will be available to resident and nonresident boaters and anglers as the spring and summer months approach.

gfp commission proposes elk seasons


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

The Commission proposed eight any elk licenses for the Custer State Park (CSP) firearms season. As in 2014, four any elk licenses will be available for the CSP early archery elk season.  The CSP late archery elk and CSP antlerless elk seasons will remain closed.

For the Black Hills firearms season, the Commission proposed a total of 930 licenses available, up from 670 in 2014, with 430 any elk licenses and 500 antlerless elk licenses. The Commission also proposed to allocate a pool of antlerless elk contingency licenses not to exceed 20 percent of allocated antlerless licenses for the Black Hills firearms season, however, these may not be utilized each year.  Contingency licenses would be authorized through a GFP Commission resolution and considered in August.

Also proposed was the adjustment to the number of prairie elk licenses available from 57 any elk and 36 antlerless elk licenses to 48 any elk and 50 antlerless elk licenses. No licenses would be issued for Unit 30A (portions of Gregory County). The portion of Jackson County south of Highway 44 and BIA Highway 2 would be added to Unit 11 A, B, C and D. The season dates for Unit 11C would run from the second Sunday of October to Nov. 30.

For the archery elk hunting season, the Commission proposed an increase in licenses available from 92 any elk and 15 antlerless elk licenses in 2014 to 144 any elk and 56 antlerless elk licenses for 2015.

The Commission will finalize these proposals during their April 1-2 meeting at the Brookings Days Inn in Brookings. To view these rule proposals in their entirety, please visit https://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx. 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 12 p.m. CDT on April 1, and have your full name and city of residence.

gfp commission authorizes first mountain goat season since 2006


PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to re-open the mountain goat hunting season at their March meeting. This proposal includes two available licenses and would mark the first time in nine years that the state has had a mountain goat hunting season.

The proposed season would run from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 and include the portions of Pennington and Custer counties west of Highway 79; excluding Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument and the fenced portions of Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park.

Successful applicants for the mountain goat season would be required to attend a pre-hunt meeting on the day before the season opens at the GFP regional office in Rapid City.

The Commission will finalize this proposal during their April 1-2 meeting at the Brookings Days Inn in Brookings. To view these rule proposals in their entirety, please visit https://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx. Written comments on this proposal 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 12 p.m. CDT on April 1, and have your full name and city of residence.

gfp commission proposes clarification to hunting party sizes


PIERRE, S.D. - Currently, South Dakota administrative rule states that “no more than 20 persons may hunt in a group, except when hunting jackrabbits or predators.” This rule has led to some confusion regarding who is counted in the party of a hunting group; primarily when pheasant hunting.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a rule clarification stating that “only those persons carrying firearms or bows would count against the limit of 20, except when hunting a predator/varmint.” Unarmed persons who may be involved as walkers, observers or drivers would not be counted against the party size.

The Commission will finalize this proposal during their April 1-2 meeting at the Brookings Days Inn in Brookings. To view these rule proposals in their entirety, please visit https://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx. Written comments on this proposal 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 12 p.m. CDT on April 1, and have your full name and city of residence.

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