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Give the gift of the outdoors with help from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). These selections make great gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiasts on your shopping list or as a gift the whole family can enjoy.
Give the gift of the outdoors year-round with help from us! This pre-paid card can be used to purchase camping reservations, annual park entrance licenses, entrance fees, a subscription to the South Dakota Conservation Digest and even firewood. You choose the amount you want to place on the card as a variety of amounts are available. Order online at campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.CAMP (2267).
The South Dakota Conservation Digest magazine has been a staple publication of GFP for 85 years. It provides educational and timely information on our state's outdoor recreational opportunities and the management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife. This is published each season with four scheduled issues per year and includes an eight-page insert for kids along with a calendar issue in December. If you are not receiving this publication, you should be for just $5 a year or $12 for three years. Subscribe today. Or call 605.223.7700 to place a subscription for yourself or friend or family member.
We provide a variety of biological and historical books for sale with standard $8 shipping. To purchase any of the below books, please call 605.223.7662.
The Pheasant Hunting Seasons Data Book: 100th Anniversary Edition | $30.00
Never before has the history of pheasant hunting in South Dakota been compiled in such a complete and accurate resource. In addition to detailed maps, figures, and narratives that bring you on a journey through a century of pheasant hunting, you will find fun facts and exciting photos along the way. Pheasants and pheasant hunting have been engrained in South Dakota culture since the first successful introduction of this colorful exotic game bird in 1909. The image of our iconic state bird is now common on city welcome signs, billboards, and even the state quarter. The first South Dakota pheasant season was held in Spink County in 1919 and lasted for just one day. A few hundred hunters harvested an estimated 200 birds. By the 15th season in 1933, over 63,000 hunters bagged a whopping two million pheasants during a 30-day season from a population estimated at eight million birds! During a century of pheasant hunting there have been many highs and lows for both the pheasant population and hunters. Read along as we explore how factors such as the Great Depression, World War II, historic droughts, powerful blizzards, and agriculture policy have influenced the dynamic history of pheasants and pheasant hunting in the state.
Breeding Bird Atlas of South Dakota: Second Edition | $30.00
This resource is a sequel to the book that summarized the first South Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas project, published in 1995. Field work for the second Atlas started exactly 20 years after the first began, allowing an assessment of how South Dakota’s bird life changed during those two decades. This updated view illustrates which bird species nest in the state, where they can be found and the nesting habitats they need. Included are accounts for 252 breeding bird species, including 13 newly documented during the second Atlas. The reader can view distribution maps, summary tables, maps comparing both Atlases, life history information and color photos, making this a must-have reference for anyone interested in South Dakota’s rich and diverse bird life.
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Dakota | $39.95
This color field guide covers the 177 butterfly species known to occur in South Dakota. The guide has nearly 800 beautiful color photos, including mounted butterflies, butterfly habitats, caterpillars, and butterflies in natural settings. Each account has identification tips and lots of information on habits, habitats, plants used by caterpillars and adults, flight periods, and state distribution, which is also illustrated with individual state range maps. The author, Gary Marrone, is South Dakota’s most knowledgeable lepidopterist (one who studies butterflies and moths). The field guide reflects Gary’s nearly 3 decades of butterfly study. Gary also provided the majority of the photographs from his extensive butterfly collection. Also included is information on native habitats in South Dakota, a butterfly checklist and calendar, and a hypothetical list to challenge fledgling lepidopterists. This color, softcover book has 478 pages.
Grouse of the Plains and Mountains, the South Dakota Story | $15.00
When it comes to upland bird hunting in South Dakota, grouse is not the first option that comes to mind, however for avid grouse hunters South Dakota provides many unique opportunities. Sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chickens, sage grouse, and ruffed grouse can all be found, and in many counties in the central part of the state both prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse can be encountered simultaneously. Grouse of Plains and Mountains, The South Dakota Story was written to foster increased interest and appreciation of the four species and associated habitats. Grouse enthusiasts, biologists, hunters, and bird watchers will appreciate the history, ecology, and management of South Dakota grouse while enjoying the 246 page book filled with colored photos.
Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in South Dakota | $18.00
This guide is the first attempt to describe and illustrate all reptiles in South Dakota in one reference. Color photos, distribution maps, and descriptions of life history and habitats help the reader identify 47 species and understand the role these interesting animals play in nature. They are prey and predators. Some celebrate the first spring rains with vibrant song. Others vanish in a flash in front of us, adding to their mysterious aura. This field guide provides a glimpse into the lives of these intriguing members of South Dakota’s diverse natural heritage. Also included is a CD with frog and toad calls for 13 species.
History of Fisheries and Fishes in South Dakota | $10.00
Twenty-seven authors contributed to this 477-page book, with 23 chapters on the fish, anglers and aquatic habitat in South Dakota. It covers habitat in the Missouri River, warm-water streams, cold-water habitats, natural lakes, small impoundments and aquatic resources on tribal lands. It also discusses warm-water and cold-water fishes, exotic fishes and rare species, the history of fish hatcheries, commercial fisheries, law enforcement and recreational fisheries management, and even prehistoric fish in South Dakota. Editors even offer predictions about the next 20 years in the last chapter.
History of Waterfowl Management, Research and Hunting in South Dakota | $15.00
The history of waterfowl in South Dakota began roughly 12,000 years ago with the retreat of glacial ice sheets, creating the prairie pothole landscape of East River. The diversity of waterfowl species that use South Dakota landscapes is impressive with approximately 40 species either nesting or migrating through the state. Waterfowl resources have been an important part of South Dakota’s cultural history, being utilized by Native Americans, early settlers, and sport hunters. This book addresses various historic and contemporary topics related to the management, research and hunting of waterfowl in South Dakota. Anyone with an interest in waterfowl or the history of South Dakota will thoroughly enjoy the stories, information and photographs contained in this 359 page soft cover book.
Ring-Necked Pheasants, Thriving in South Dakota | $15.00
This is the third and final book of a three book series on game birds in South Dakota, “Ring-Necked Pheasants, Thriving in South Dakota”. While the pheasant book does include information from published scientific articles, it was written to be as much entertaining as educational. Details on the history of pheasant populations and management are described going back to the early 1900’s. Information on habitat management, pheasant ecology and biology, reproduction, surveying methods, and hunting are also described. The 254 page book is filled with many photos that readers will find interesting and enlightening.
Wild Turkey of South Dakota | $15.00
Wild turkeys were not always as abundant as they currently are in South Dakota. Efforts to restore populations of wild turkeys into and beyond their historical distribution in the state have proven successful beyond imagination. The Wild Turkey in South Dakota not only documents this fascinating history, it also is an important source of information on the description, behavior, ecology and management of wild turkeys in SD. Its appeal extends from a broad audience that enjoys watching, hearing, or hunting wild turkeys to turkey enthusiasts that want to learn about the many interesting details of wild turkey ecology and management. Assuredly, all will enjoy the numerous photos in this full-color, 188 page softcover book.
Wild Mammals of South Dakota | $24.95 each
This book covers 95 species of wild mammals. Each account has identification tips and lots of information on habits, habitats, and state distribution, which is also illustrated by a state range map. Nearly all species accounts include a color photo to aid in identifying some of the state’s most familiar wild animals and others that are little-known to many people. The book also includes a species checklist and an identification key. This color, softcover book has 280 pages.
Prints are also available, but are limited in selection and quantity. To inquire more or to purchase, please call 605.584.3896.