GFP News - May 16, 2013

  • South Dakota Parks Host Family Programs Memorial Day Weekend
  • East River, West River and Black Hills Deer Seasons Proposed at GFP Commission Meeting
  • GFP Commission Proposes Refuge, Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer Seasons
  • Commission Proposes Fall Turkey, August Goose and Archery Restriction Changes
  • GFP Commission Finalizes Several Hunting and Trapping Seasons

South Dakota Parks Host Family Programs Memorial Day Weekend

PIERRE, S.D -- On Memorial Day weekend, visitors to South Dakota state parks can take part in special family activities. The programs are excellent opportunities to experience the outdoors with children.

Friday - Monday, May 24-27

  • Memorial Day Patriotic Campsite Decorating Display, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga and Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington. Info: 605-627-5441

Saturday, May 25

  • Wishard Memorial Disc Golf Tourney, Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. Info: 605-223-7722
  • Kids' Fishing Derby, Lake Poinsett Recreation Area near Arlington, 10 a.m. CT. Info: 605-983-5085
  • History Hike, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, 10 a.m. CT. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Bean Bag Tourney, Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon, 2 p.m. CT. Info: 605-582-7243
  • Geocaching 101, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, 2 p.m. CT. Info: 605-987-2263
  • Sprouts for Sprouts, Roy Lake State Park near Lake City, 3 p.m. CT. Info: 605-448-5701
  • Walk the Fort, Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown, 1:30 p.m. CT. Info: 605-487-7046
  • Nature Hike, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, 9 a.m. CT. Info: 605-987-2263

On Sunday, May 26

  • Treemendous Trees, Palisades State Park near Garretson, 2 p.m. CT. Info: 605-594-3824
  • Nature Hike, Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls, 2 p.m. CT. Info: 605-987-2263

Monday, May 27

  • Oakwood Riders Trail Ride and Horse Show, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Volga, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT. Info: 605-627-5441
  • Nature Hike, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run near Sioux Falls, 10 a.m. CT. Info: 605-987-2263

There is no cost to participate in any of the programs, except the Oakwood Horse Show. A park entrance license is required at all parks. For more information on activities in South Dakota state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov , contact the individual park office, or call 605-773-3391.

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East River, West River and Black Hills Deer Seasons Proposed at GFP Commission Meeting

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed East River, West River and Black Hills deer seasons for a public hearing on June 6.

The East River Deer Season proposal would provide 1,050 fewer one-tag licenses than the 2012 season, 1,500 fewer two-tag licenses and 1,300 fewer three-tag licenses (an overall reduction of 7,950 tags). East River Deer season dates would be Nov. 23 - Dec. 8, with Dec. 28 - Jan. 5 valid for antlerless deer tags only.

The Commission also proposes the West River Deer Season with dates for Units 30A (Gregory) and 50A (Mellette) of Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 18-24, Units 24A (Dewey), 64A (Ziebach), 20A (Corson) from Nov. 2-24, and all other units from Nov. 16 - Dec. 1. Only antlerless deer tags would be valid Dec. 28 - Jan. 5.

The proposed 2013 season would change resident license numbers from last year by increasing one-tag licenses by 240, reducing two-tag licenses by 1,260 (2,520 tags), and increasing three-tag licenses by 305 (915 tags).
The proposal would also adjust nonresident license numbers by increasing one-tag licenses by 20, cutting two-tag licenses by 102 (204 tags), and increasing three-tag licenses by 24 (72 tags) compared to 2012.

Changes to East River and West River deer license numbers are mostly the result high deer losses caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/diseases/epizootic-hemorrhagic-disease.aspx) in portions of the state last year.

The proposed Black Hills Deer Season, which would be from Nov. 1-30, would offer 200 resident and 16 nonresident "any deer" licenses, 3,000 resident and 240 nonresident "any whitetail deer" licenses, and 100 resident and eight nonresident "antlerless whitetail deer" licenses. The license allocation would be 50 fewer resident and four fewer "antlerless whitetail deer" licenses compared to the 2012 season.

Those season proposals will be finalized at the June 6-7 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wild.info@state.sd.us . Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.

To comment in person on any of the proposed deer seasons, the public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center on Thursday, June 6.

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GFP Commission Proposes Refuge, Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer Seasons

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has proposed changes for the upcoming Refuge, Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer seasons.

Most of the proposed changes are a result of deer numbers beneath management objectives in some areas of the state. In particular, the limitation on the number of "any antlerless deer" licenses has been proposed in response to the high deer loss caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/diseases/epizootic-hemorrhagic-disease.aspx) in the southeastern area of South Dakota last year.

The Archery Deer Season would run from Sept. 28, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014.

Like last year, hunters may purchase a maximum of five total archery licenses, but no more than one statewide "any deer" license, or one East River and one West River "any deer" license. Hunters may purchase one "any antlerless deer" license valid for most of the state, and multiple "any antlerless deer" licenses within the five-license maximum.

Proposed changes to the 2013 Archery Deer Season are:

  • Only unfilled "any antlerless deer" licenses are valid from Jan. 1-15
  • Antlerless deer licenses would not be valid in Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Douglas, Grant, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Turner, Union and Yankton counties
  • Change the name of "Blood Run Nature Area" to "Good Earth State Park"
  • Not issue any  "any antlerless deer" archery access permits for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve  and Good Earth State Park  and increase the number of "any deer" archery access permits from five to 10 for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
  • Changes were also proposed for the 2013 Muzzleloader Hunting Season, which would run from Dec. 1, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014. Like last year, the proposed season would have 1,000 "any deer" licenses available, and unlimited single and double "any antlerless deer" licenses
  • A hunter could possess no more than five general muzzleloading deer licenses regardless of type, and only residents are eligible to apply for "any deer" tags. Residents and nonresidents may purchase "any antlerless deer" licenses
  • Similar to the Archery Deer Season, only unfilled "any antlerless deer" licenses would be valid from Jan. 1-15, and muzzleloading antlerless deer licenses would not be valid in Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Douglas, Grant, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Turner, Union and Yankton counties

The net result of the proposed adjustments to both the archery and muzzleloader seasons limits the areas and numbers where antlerless licenses are valid. Those results are 1) the Black Hills and Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Douglas, Grant, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Turner, Union and Yankton counties are closed to antlerless licenses; 2) allow hunters to use one single-tag antlerless license anywhere outside the areas closed to the use of antlerless licenses; and 3) allow hunters to use both single and double-tag licenses except in the closed areas and Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin, Lake, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, and Roberts counties.

The proposed Youth Deer Hunting Season would run from Sept. 14, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014.

A resident parent or guardian is eligible to purchase up to two Youth Deer licenses for resident or nonresident children who will not be 18-years-old on June 30. Only one of those licenses would be valid statewide. The second license would not be valid in the Black Hills or Bon Homme, Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Deuel, Douglas, Grant, Hamlin, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Turner, Union, and Yankton counties.

The commission has also proposed the National Wildlife Refuge Deer hunting seasons.

The proposal would change the start date for the first Sand Lake Refuge season to the second Saturday in November and all other start dates for Sand Lake would adjust accordingly. The proposal also would allow only unfilled "antlerless deer" licenses to be valid during the nine days, beginning on the Saturday after Christmas. "Any refuge deer" units would be restricted to muzzleloaders and also have a proposed allowance for optics that are not magnified.

The proposal would also remove the youth deer license restriction for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, and Waubay National Wildlife Refuge. That change would allow each refuge to provide access for youth deer hunting at its discretion.

The season proposals will be finalized at the June 6-7 GFP Commission meeting at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wild.info@state.sd.us . Comments on the proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.

To comment in person on any of the seasons, the public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center on Thursday, June 6.

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Commission Proposes Fall Turkey, August Goose and Archery Restriction Changes

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed rule changes to the Fall Turkey hunting season, the August Management Canada Goose Take, and to an archery hunting restriction.

Fall Turkey season will run from Oct. 1, 2013 - Jan. 31, 2014. Proposed rule changes for the season include offering 20 fewer one-tag licenses and ten more two-tag licenses for East River units; 500 fewer Black Hills one-tag licenses for residents and 40 fewer for nonresidents; and repeal a rule that currently allows licenses to be valid on land in an adjacent unit within one mile of the common river boundary for hunting units adjoining the Cheyenne River or White River.

Proposed rule changes for the August Management Take of Canada geese include changing the season start date to the first Saturday in August and the end date to Aug. 31 (or Aug. 3-31 this year); increasing the daily bag limit from eight to 15; adding those portions west of the Cheyenne River in Pennington County to the open area; allowing unplugged shotguns; and modifying shooting hours to end one-half hour after sunset.

A proposed change to archery big-game hunting restrictions deals with the existing rule that prohibits a person carrying a firearm from hunting with a person who has an archery-only license. The change would place the responsibility for adherence to that rule on the person carrying the firearm, not the archer; currently, the licensed archery big-game hunter is held responsible if that individual is accompanied by an armed hunter.

The season proposals will be finalized at the June 6-7 meeting of the GFP Commission in Pierre at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center, June 6-7. To view the full proposals on the seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wild.info@state.sd.us . Comments on the proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.

To comment in person on any of the seasons, the public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center on Thursday, June 6.

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GFP Commission Finalizes Several Hunting and Trapping Seasons

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized several hunting and trapping seasons.

There were no proposed changes to the seasons, and with no formal action on the rules, they remain unchanged from 2012.

Archery Antelope with season dates will run from Aug. 17 - Oct. 31 Beaver Season will have season dates year-round for West River (excluding the Black Hills Fire Protection District), Nov. 2 - Apr. 30 for all counties east of the Missouri River, and Jan. 1-Mar. 31 for portions of the Black Hills Fire Protection District that are owned by the U.S. Forest Service and south of Interstate 90 and west of state Highway 79.

Muskrat Shooting Season will run from Apr. 1 - Aug. 31, 2014

Mink and Weasel Trapping Season dates are Nov. 2, 2013 - Jan. 31, 2014

Muskrat Trapping Season dates will be year-round West River, except that portion of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of state Highway 79; from Nov 2, 2013 - Apr. 30, 2014 for counties east of the Missouri River and the portion of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of Highway 79. Trapping is prohibited on or in muskrat houses from March 16 to the end of the season.

Fox, Skunk, Coon, Opossum, Jackrabbit and Badger seasons are open year-round statewide.

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