GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes

May 7, 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 to extend the current prohibition for the use of snares on public lands and improved road rights-of-way, statewide, from May 1 through the end of the pheasant hunting season. The Commission also proposed that no snares using springs or other powering devices that hold the snare closed may be used on Game Production Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas above water, year-round.

The GFP Commission will consider the adoption of this proposal on June 7 in Aberdeen. For details, visit  Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or online at 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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