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2 Mar | Friday

2018 and 2019 Archery Elk Hunting Seasons Proposed

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allocate 222 licenses for the 2018 and 2019 archery elk hunting seasons. 

2018 and 2019 Black Hills Elk Hunting Seasons Proposed

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a reduction of elk licenses for the 2018 and2019 hunting seasons.

Additional Bighorn Sheep Hunting Unit

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to create a new hunting unit for bighorn sheep.

Catch and Release Only Regulation for Musky

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies from a statewide 40 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish, to catch and release only statewide.

GFP Commission Creates No Wake Zones at Shadehill and West Bend

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission established two “no wake zones” on Shadehill Reservoir in Perkins county and West Bend Recreation Area in Hughes county.

GFP Commission Restricts Oakwood State Park Hunting

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to only allow the use of shotguns using shotshells, crossbows and bows while hunting in Oakwood State Park near Brookings.

Possible Increase in Any Elk Licenses for the Prairie Elk Hunting Season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to increase the any elk licenses and add a new hunting unit to the 2018 and 2019 prairie elk hunting seasons.

Proposal Ends All Deer Seasons on January 1

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to have all deer hunting seasons end on Jan. 1.

Proposal Lengthens the Custer State Park Elk Hunting Season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is proposing to change the Custer State Park elk hunting season to run the entire month of October. 

Apr 2018
May 2018
7 May | Monday

2018 East River Deer Hunting Season Set

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 East River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 17-Dec. 2.

2018 West River Deer Season Set and Depredation Permits

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 West River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 10-25. 

GFP Commission Finalizes Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer Seasons

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the archery, muzzleloader and youth deer hunting seasons at their May meeting in Custer State Park.

GFP Commission Proposal Establishes Apprentice Deer License

In an effort to recruit new and reactivate former deer hunters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish an apprentice hunter deer season.

GFP Commission Proposal Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the minimum age restriction for mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons; currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Proposed to Allow Armed Accompaniment

A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Commission Proposes CWD Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park

A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require successful Custer State Park (CSP) deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals. 

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes

A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Proposes to Eliminate Group Size Hunting Restrictions; Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule

South Dakota pheasant hunters would no longer be restricted to hunting with 20 people or less if a proposal from the state’s Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is passed in June.

GFP Commission Reviews Archery Season Dates

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission is currently reviewing the season start date of the archery deer hunting season.

GFP Commission to Allow Muzzleloader Handguns for Big Game Hunting

A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow for the use of muzzleloader handguns for big game hunting. 

Jun 2018
8 Jun | Friday

Archery Deer Season to Begin Sept. 1; Muzzleloader Handguns Allowed for Big Game Hunting

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission set the archery deer season to start Sept. 1 and conclude Jan. 1 at their June meeting in Aberdeen this week. 

Fall Turkey Season Proposed

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer 355 fewer prairie unit and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses for the 2018 fall turkey hunting season.

GFP Commission Eliminates Group Size Hunting Restrictions; and the Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will no longer restrict hunters to groups of 20 people or less.

GFP Commission Finalizes Fur Dealer Rule Changes

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase, or contract to purchase, fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to State Refuges and Boating Restrictions

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

GFP Commission Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the minimum age restriction in administrative rule to match state law for the mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons; currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Requires Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission requires Custer State Park deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD); effective this fall.

GFP Commission to Allow Armed Accompaniment

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Proposes State Park Firewood Restrictions

Due to the emerald ash borer being detected in South Dakota, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission approved an emergency measure that no wood may be brought from a quarantined area into the South Dakota state park system. 

GFP Proposes to Ease Archery Equipment Restrictions

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove several archery equipment restrictions at their June meeting in Aberdeen.

Jul 2018
12 Jul | Thursday

2018 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Finalized

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 fall turkey hunting season; offering 355 fewer prairie unit licenses and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses.

GFP Commission Changed Several State Refuges and Boating Restrictions

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

GFP Commission Finalizes Fish Harvest Restrictions on Reetz Lake

As part of an access agreement with the landowners of Reetz Lake, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to change fish harvest restrictions on the non-meandered water body.

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Drawing Structure for Deer Hunting Licenses

A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposal would require deer hunters to choose among six deer hunting seasons in the first draw period for deer hunting licenses.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Seasonal Boating on Indian Springs in Clark County

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to a Clark county water body, Indian Springs, regarding its seasonal boating restrictions.

GFP Eases Archery Equipment Restrictions

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed several archery equipment restrictions at their July meeting in Pierre.

Aug 2018

 

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