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GFP News - May 11, 2015


 

GFP Commission Proposal for Archery Deer Season Includes Adams Homestead and Access Permits for Newton Hills

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 20 archery access permits for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve for antlerless deer hunting in 2015. The proposed archery season would run from Sept. 26, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016. Archery hunters would be able to apply for these free permits after obtaining an antlerless whitetail archery deer license.

Antlerless whitetail deer licenses will not be valid in the shaded areas of the map; which includes Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Brown County.

Due to its proximity to Sioux Falls and other populated areas, Newton Hills State Park is heavily used by archery deer hunters. A rule proposal would require any resident or nonresident deer hunter possessing an archery any deer license to obtain and possess a free access permit to hunt Newton Hills State Park. The requirement of free access permits will allow the Department to collect hunter and harvest data for improved deer management.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. 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 June 4. 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 June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes More
Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 500 more resident and 40 more nonresident any whitetail deer hunting licenses for the 2015 Black Hills deer hunting season.

Pending the finalization of the proposal in June, Black Hills deer hunters would have 200 resident and 16 nonresident any deer licenses and 3,500 resident and 280 nonresident any whitetail deer licenses available in 2015.

No changes were proposed to the 2015 Custer State Park deer hunting season. This season will run Nov. 7-20, 2015, and have 10 any whitetail deer licenses and 20 antlerless whitetail muzzleloader licenses available in 2015.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. 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 June 4. 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 June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes Additional East River and National Refuge Deer Hunting Licenses,
No Change to Muzzleloader Deer Season

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2015 with 250 fewer one-tag licenses, but 1,050 more two-tag licenses as compared to 2014.

The Commission also proposed to establish an antlerless deer unit within Yankton County; south of SD Highway 50 and west of US Highway 81.

The East River deer hunting season will run Nov. 21 - Dec. 6, 2015. The Commission proposal also includes the removal of the nine consecutive days of antlerless deer hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas.

The Commission proposed no changes to the 2015 muzzleloader deer hunting season. This season will run from Dec. 1, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016, and will have 1,000 any deer licenses and unlimited antlerless whitetail deer licenses available. Muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will not be valid in the shaded areas of the map.

The Commission also proposed an increase in any deer licenses within the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge by 20 resident licenses and two nonresident licenses. The refuge proposal also includes the removal of the nine consecutive days of antlerless deer hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. 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 June 4. 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 June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.  

GFP Commission Proposes
West River Deer Hunting Season

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight decrease in the number of licenses available for the West River deer hunting season in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for nonresidents as compared to 2014.

A total of 16,440 one-tag, 1,620 two-tag licenses would be available for residents and 1,319 one-tag, 130 two-tag licenses would be available for nonresidents.

The Commission has also proposed to change the season dates for Corson, Dewey and Ziebach counties to align with the 2015 West River deer season, Nov. 14-29. For Gregory and Mellette counties the proposed season would run from Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 23-29. The Commission proposal also includes the removal of the nine consecutive days of antlerless deer hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. 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 June 4. 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 June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to the Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Season and Special Canada Goose Season

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the 2015 nonresident waterfowl hunting season at their May meeting.

The Commission discussed the 12 recommendations from the nonresident waterfowl work group and adopted them as a proposal. Those recommendations include:

  1. Add Spink County to current nine-county northeast SD license unit.
  2. Retain the allocation of 500 three-day licenses for the NE SD license unit.
  3. Allocate 2,000 10-day licenses for the NE SD license unit.
  4. Allocate 1,750 10-day licenses for the unit comprised of that part of the state not included in the NE SD and SE SD license units.
  5. Remove Potter County from the central SD three-day license unit.
  6. Create a new nonresident license unit in northcentral SD to include Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Faulk, Edmunds and McPherson Counties.
  7. Allocate 250 three-day licenses to this new unit in north central SD that would be transferred from the central SD hunting unit.
  8. Reduce the license allocation for the central SD hunting unit to 1200 licenses.
  9. Transfer 50 three-day licenses from the central SD unit to the existing 5-county unit in southeastern SD along the Missouri River.
  10. Absorb the current Bennett County 10-day license into the unit comprised of that part of the state not included in the NE and SE units.
  11. Remove the restriction in SE SD on nonresidents hunting during the September Canada goose hunting season.
  12. Create 100 nonresident youth waterfowl licenses (25 season-long licenses in the SE SD unit and 75 10-day licenses valid in the rest of the state).

The Commission also proposed to create 100 nonresident youth waterfowl licenses, valid for the youth waterfowl hunting season and to establish a fee for these licenses at $10.

In addition, the Commission proposed to repeal the special Canada goose hunting season for Bennett County and place into Unit 2 of the regular goose hunting season.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. 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 June 4. 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 June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several
Furbearer Seasons

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several furbearer seasons at their meeting last week. These furbearer seasons remain unchanged and will run under the same season structure as last year.

The skunk, opossum, jackrabbit, fox, raccoon and badger seasons will all be open statewide and year-round. The mink and weasel trapping season will run statewide from Nov. 1, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016.

The muskrat trapping season will run year-round for all areas of the state west of the Missouri River, except within the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79 and from Nov. 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016, for all areas of the state east of the Missouri River and portions of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79.

The muskrat hunting season will run statewide from April 1 - Aug. 31, 2015. Only landowners and lessees, including School and Public Lands surface lease holders, on land they own or operate and state, county, or township highway officials within public road rights-of-way are allowed to take muskrats during the season. Non-toxic shot is required for shotguns.

First GFP National Archery in Schools Program Challenge Brings 60 Shooters to Brookings

PIERRE, S.D. - On Saturday, May 2, young archers competed at the first ever South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) 3D Challenge at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Brookings.

The NASP 3D Challenge is a 3D-target, tournament-style competition where students use the same, Genesis bow and Easton arrows used in NASP. However, unlike NASP the NASP 3D Challenge features life size, 3D targets of North American game animals. 

Additionally, instead of regular 3D scoring zones, the targets used in NASP 3D have been specially designed by Rinehart to allow for the scoring rings to be equal to the size and shape of the 7, 8, 9 and 10 scoring rings on NASP bullseye targets. Shooting at 10 different targets from various distances, students were awarded a score based off their shot placement in the “vital” area of the animal. Point values went down as shots were further from the vital area.

Awards were given to the top three individuals in the elementary, middle school and high school divisions. Team awards were also presented in the middle school and high school divisions.

Elementary Division - Individual Results
1. Charles Taken Alive, Rock Creek Grant School, Bullhead
2. Cassidy Vanden Hoek, Dakota Christian, Corsica
3. Lexie Vander Pol, Dakota Christian, Corsica

Middle School Division - Individual Results
1. Tyler Kopp, Avon
2. Parker Vander Pol, Dakota Christian, Corsica
3. Katelyn Winberg, McCook Central, Salem

High School - Individual Results
1. John Kopp, Avon
2. Grant Nelson, Canton
3. Cody Vanden Hoek, Dakota Christian, Corsica

Middle School Division - Team Results
1. Rockyford, Porcupine
2. Rock Creek Grant School, Bullhead

High School - Team Results
1. Avon
2. Canton
3. Dakota Christian

NASP and the NASP 3D Challenge is sponsored and supported in South Dakota by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

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