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GFP News - september 21, 2017


hunters asked to guard against wildfires this fall

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking hunters going into the field this fall to be diligent in preventing and detecting fires under the extreme dry conditions in certain parts of the state.

Tom Kirschenmann, assistant director for the Division of Wildlife, stressed that hunters are helpful in preventing and catching fires early. "Hunters are among our very best fire-prevention tools," he added. "With their precautions, thoughtful actions and diligence in watching the horizon, we have extra sets of eyes in the field that are valuable in preventing and reporting wildfires."

Hunters are an active part of fire prevention by preparing for and observing the following:

"The key to fire safety is awareness," concluded Kirschenmann. "We ask that hunters use common sense and be aware of the potential for wildfires no matter what the conditions are each fall. Responsible actions can make a difference in protecting both property and wildlife habitat."


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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