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14 Nov | Thursday

Awards Presented to Conservation Officers during GFP Commission Meeting

WATERTOWN, S.D. – At the November meeting of the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, wildlife conservation officers Kraig Haase and Dan Sternhagen were presented with awards.  

CWD Discovered in Jackson County Deer

PIERRE, S.D. – Samples collected from a sick deer found south of Long Valley in southern Jackson County have been confirmed to be in the late stages of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Roy Lake Resort Concession Operator

WATERTOWN, S.D. – According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort can now begin submitting proposals. The resort is located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota, 10 miles southeast of Lake City or 25 miles north of Webster on Highway 10.  

GFP Commission Proposes Length Restriction for Flathead Catfish

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to harvest restrictions for flathead catfish. The change would limit anglers to only one flathead catfish 28 inches or longer per day as part of the daily limit, statewide. 

GFP Commission Proposes Use of Rifles on Private Land During West River Prairie Spring Turkey Season

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allow the use of rifles on private land for the West River spring turkey prairie hunting units. Currently, the use of rifles is not allowed for any spring turkey hunting. This proposal would continue to exclude use of rifles on private land enrolled in the Walk-In Area Program and the entire Black Hills unit.

GFP Commission Rejects Petition for Change in Custer State Park Elk Hunting Season Drawing

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected a petition to add a separate drawing for Custer State Park elk hunting applicants over 70 years of age.  

GFP Seeking Assistance from Hunters with CWD Surveillance

PIERRE, S.D. – With the much-anticipated arrival of the West and East River deer seasons, Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking the assistance of hunters in providing samples for chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts.