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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:

2015 Spring Turkey Season Set

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted changes to the 2015 spring turkey season.

Changes include:

For more general information on the spring turkey hunting season in South Dakota, please visit:  

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:

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:

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: The 2015 Fishing handbook will be available online and at local licensing agents in January.



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