GFP News - November 6, 2014
Nonrefundable Big Game Application Fee Increase and Bait Station Rules Adopted
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted an increase to the nonrefundable big game application fees for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat at their November meeting in Sioux Falls.
These nonrefundable application fees were established in 1987 at $5, and now application fees will be $10. Additional revenue generated from the nonrefundable application fees will be used in the management of these big game species, in particular GFP’s elk depredation program.
The Commission also adopted a reduction to the number of days individuals are allowed to use bait stations for attracting big game species for the purposes of hunting. Currently, big game bait stations are not allowed from Aug. 15 - Feb. 1, inclusive. Bait stations will now also be prohibited from March 15-May 31, inclusive and include a research allowance.
For more information on bait stations, please visit the information in the 2014 South Dakota Hunting and Trapping handbook, located online at: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/regulations/default.aspx.
2015 Spring Turkey Season Set
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted changes to the 2015 spring turkey season.
- Reduce resident single tag licenses by 85 and two-tag licenses by 340 for a total net decrease of 765 tags.
- Nonresident one-tag licenses would be increased by 10 and two-tag licenses decreased by 28 with an overall decrease of 46 tags.Â
- The number of access permits for Good Earth State Park would be reduced from 10 to five.
- Clarify boundary descriptions for BST-BH1 (Black Hills), PST-53A (Perkins County) and PST-49A (Meade County) hunting units. These corrections to administrative rule will not result in any unit boundary changes.
- Remove the archery restriction west of Interstate 29 in Brookings County.
- Remove the split seasons in Clay and Union counties.
- Add Lincoln County to the restricted area where an individual may use only a shotgun using shot shells, muzzleloading shotgun, or bow and arrow.
- Repeal Unit PST-ZZ1.
For more general information on the spring turkey hunting season in South Dakota, please visit: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/turkey/spring-turkey.aspx.
2015 Fishing Regulation Changes Adopted
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted fishing regulation changes for 2015 during their November meeting in Sioux Falls.
Fishing regulation changes for 2015 include:
- Define the term “snaghook.”
- Clarify that artificial lights may be used while fishing.
- Allow silver and bighead carp that inadvertently jump into a boat or are netted from the air to be kept.
The Commission adopted rules regarding the collection of mussels and application and reporting requirements for scientific collector’s permits which include: prohibiting the non-commercial harvest of freshwater mussels; requiring that collector’s permit applications list all wild animals to be collected; and requiring all wild animals collected under a collector’s permit to be reported.
The Commission adopted changes to spearfishing regulations and other spearing rules. Diver-down flags must now be a minimum of 12 x 15 inches. In the past, flags needed to be a minimum of 8 x 10 inches. Diver-down flags are also now restricted from being placed in areas that would restrict watercraft navigation.
Other changes to spearing rules include:
- Open Shadehill Reservoir to the spearing of game fish from June 15 - March 15.
- Allow northern pike and catfish to be speared year round for noncommercial purposes from the Grand River from the Perkins-Corson county line upstream to the dam at Shadehill reservoir.
- Clarify that the area in which game fish may be speared on Lake Sharpe extends to the upstream edge of the highway bridge in Pierre.
- Allow northern pike and catfish to be speared year round from all inland lakes except areas closed to game fish spearing on the Missouri River and lakes managed for muskies.
- Allow northern pike and catfish to be speared from all South Dakota-Minnesota boundary waters except the Bois de Sioux River from Nov. 15 - the last Sunday in February.
- Require all fish taken with a legal spear, speargun or bow and arrow to be retained by the person spearfishing.
The Commission adopted increases in the daily and possession limits for channel catfish on South Dakota-Nebraska border waters to 10 daily and 20 in possession.
The Commission adopted a rule clarifying the way a paddlefish is measured. Paddlefish are to be measured with a flexible tape along and over the center line contour of the fish, lying flat to include the entire eye to the natural, unaltered fork of the tail.
For more information on South Dakota fishing regulations, please visit: http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/rules-regs.aspx. The 2015 Fishing handbook will be available online and at local licensing agents in January.