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GFP News - November 9, 2016

comments south on missouri river management plans

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is requesting comments on fisheries management plans for the four Missouri River reservoirs in South Dakota. The 2017-2021 draft plans include Lakes Oahe, Sharpe, Lake Francis Case and Lewis and Clark.

Public comments must be submitted by Dec. 9, 2016. Comments or requests for printed copies may be submitted via email to or sent to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. Comments will be taken into consideration when preparing final plans for the GFP Commission to review on Dec. 15-16, 2016 in Pierre.

Draft plans can be found online at

"The fisheries and recreational resources of the Missouri River system in South Dakota are public resources. It is essential that public input be a consideration when finalizing these plans, so they are reflective of the public’s interests," concluded John Lott, aquatic resources chief.


GFP Commission Approves shed hunting on state-owned lands

Pierre, S.D - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow shed antler hunting on state owned lands at their November meeting in Brandon last week.

The rule only applies to lands owned by the department, including state parks, recreation areas and Game Production Areas. The rule change does not apply to Walk-In Areas or lands owned by other state or federal agencies.


Commission proposes park fee exemptions for military

Pierre, S.D - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed an exemption from the state park entrance license fee to South Dakota military members attending special events.

The exemption would apply to South Dakota veteran’s groups, South Dakota National Guard or military reserve unit or patients of a veteran’s hospital in South Dakota while participating in a special event hosted by the groups.

Currently, South Dakota veterans who have a 100 percent service related disability are entitled to a free lifetime state park entrance license.

The Commission also proposed to eliminate the state park entrance license exemption for those visiting campers assigned to the Youth Forestry Camp in Custer State Park as the camp is no longer a functioning entity.

The Commission will finalize this proposal Dec. 15-16, 2016, at the Pierre RedRossa Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on Dec. 15. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. CST at the RedRossa Convention Center in Pierre.


GFP Commission Decreases Spring turkey Hunting Licenses

Pierre, S.D- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission decreased the number of licenses available for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season.

Fifty-two fewer resident one-tag male turkey licenses and 600 fewer resident two-tag male turkey licenses will be available for prairie units. Nonresidents will see six fewer one-tag male turkey and 48 fewer two-tag male turkey licenses for the prairie units as well.

The Commission also made adjustments to the Black Hills and Unit 49A (Meade County) unit boundaries and will offer 10 more archery turkey access permits for the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.

The dates for spring turkey hunting seasons will be:
Custer State Park: April 8 - May 21, 2017
Archery: April 1 - May 21, 2017
Black Hills Regular and Single-Season Prairie Units: April 8 - May 21, 2017
Split-Season Early Prairie Units: April 8 - April 30, 2017
Split-Season Late Prairie Units; Black Hills Late Season: May 1 - May 21, 2017


GFP Commission Votes to Allow Anglers to Clean and Eat Fish on the ice

Pierre, S.D- The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow ice anglers to clean fish species, while on the ice, that do not have water-specific size restrictions.

Anglers fishing multiple days will also be able to keep a legally caught possession limit of fish while on the ice. Anglers would still have to adhere to the fish transportation rule that requires fish to be readily countable. These changes are effective Jan. 1, 2017.


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.