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GFP News - May 11, 2017


GFP Commission revises proposed changes to nonresident waterfowl licenses

Pierre, S.D. - Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted its current proposal to the proposed distribution and number of nonresident temporary (three day) waterfowl licenses and made additional adjustments.

Currently, nonresidents holding the three day, NWR-00X license can hunt the counties of Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, McPherson, Walworth, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Hughes and Lyman.  The 00X licenses are good for private land only in Potter, Stanley, Sully, Hughes and Lyman counties. A nonresident NWR-00Y license is valid in Brown, Spink, Marshall, Day, Clark, Roberts, Codington, Hamlin, Grant and Deuel county; in which both public and private land can be hunted.

The proposal reduces the overall number of three day licenses from 2,000 to 1,750; allocates 1,000 licenses for NWR-00X with 500 valid only from Dec. 1 through the end of waterfowl seasons. It also  establishes a new statewide unit with 250 licenses and excludes the counties in NWR-00X, NWR-00Y along with Bennett, Charles Mix, Bon Homme, Yankton, Clay and Union counties.  The proposal would also make all temporary three day licenses valid on private land only except for NWR-00Y; and move Brown county from the NRW-00Y to the NRW-00X unit.
Current Allocations                                        Proposed Allocations
"Over the past month, members of the GFP Commission have listened to residents and nonresidents regarding how the three day nonresident waterfowl licenses should be allocated and decided to refine a proposal that was issued in April," said Tony Leif, director of the GFP Division of Wildlife.  "This revised proposal replaces the April proposal and is open for public comment until the June 8."

The Commission will finalize this proposal on June 8 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma. Written comments can be sent to To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on June 8. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 8, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.


South Dakota Parks and wildlike foundation elects new board members

Pierre, S.D. -President of the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (PWF), Karen Gundersen Olson, announced today that William May of Rapid City, Jim Spies of Watertown and Dale Jahr of Sioux Falls will serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

"Each new board member has exceptional abilities to further the Foundation’s mission of soliciting and encouraging support to preserve and protect South Dakota's natural resources and outdoor heritage while expanding recreational and educational opportunities in our state," said Gundersen Olson.

William May is a resident of Rapid City and has served as CEO/General Counsel for the Black Hills Surgical Hospital, LLP since 2004. He is also a member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Spies is the President of Spies Corporation, which owns and manages the Cowboy Country convenience stores throughout the region. Spies is a Watertown resident and a lifetime member of the following organizations: Dallas Safari Club, the Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited, Wild Sheep Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Turkey Foundation, Grand Slam/OVIS, Boone and Crocket Club and the Wild Sheep Foundation. He recently retired as a member of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission.

Dale Jahr is a private consultant providing business, strategic and creative services to businesses, including publicly traded, privately held and start-up companies and is a recent resident of Sioux Falls. He has successfully led corporate efforts in the areas of communication, marketing, public and media relations, investor relations and strategic planning.  

These three join 11 other board members including: Jeff Scherschligt, Sarah Richardson Larson (Vice President), Kathryn Anderson and Kevin Nyberg of Sioux Falls, Larry Ness of Yankton, Tom Krafka (Secretary-Treasurer) of Rapid City, Spencer Hawley of Brookings, Dick Behl of Scotland, Karen Gunderson Olson (President) and Jack Lynass of Rapid City. Ex officio members include Kelly Hepler, GFP department secretary and Barry Jensen, GFP Commission vice chair.

About the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation: The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable support organization for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). In the past five years, the Foundation has focused on raising private and public funds to create Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, renovating bridges on the Mickelson Trail, constructing the new Custer State Park Visitor Center and Theater as well as renovating the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center in Custer State Park.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.

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