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GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes

April 17, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – 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.

The proposed rule would apply to all public lands and improved rights-of-way, statewide. If an individual would choose to use a personal identification number, GFP would generate and issue one unique number per individual.

The Commission has also proposed changing the date when snares are allowed to be used on public lands and improved road rights-of-way east of the Missouri River. Currently snares cannot be used on these properties until after November 13. The proposal would change that date to the first Sunday of January – the end of the pheasant hunting season. This proposal would also remove the date restrictions for snare use on public lands and improved road rights-of-way west of the Missouri River and allow snares to be used year-round.

The GFP Commission will consider the adoption of this proposal on June 7 in Aberdeen. To comment in person, the first of two public hearings will be held May 3 in Custer State Park at 2 p.m. MDT and on June 7 in Aberdeen at 2 p.m. CDT. For details, visit https://gfp.sd.gov/commission/information/. Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing).

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