PIERRE, S.D. - Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a live trap giveaway program as part of Governor Noem's Second Century Initiative to help get individuals and families involved in trapping.
To get these traps, hunters, anglers, trappers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts can register online at LiveTrapProgram.sd.gov. This program is for South Dakota residents only. Each household is limited to 3 live traps.
Live traps will be available after April 1, 2019. A GFP employee will reach out to those who have registered for a date and time to pick up the traps at a nearby regional office.
GFP is focused on increasing participation in trapping from all ages while at the same time, reducing localized populations of nest predators (raccoon, striped skunk, badger, opossum, and red fox) as a way to increase pheasant and duck nest success. In addition, a nest predator bounty program will kick off April 1, 2019, allowing individuals and families to collect the tails of each of these species at $10 a tail.
The primary season for trapping nest predators (raccoons, striped skunks, badgers, opossums, and red fox) is April 1 – August 31. Even though you can harvest these animals year-round, this time period is when removing nest predators can affect the nest success of pheasants and ducks.
"These new programs provide a great way to get youth and family involved in the outdoors," concluded Governor Noem. "Increased involvement in outdoor activities such as trapping will benefit everyone who enjoys the abundant natural resources our state has to offer. Get outside, seek the adventure and help sustain our state's outdoor traditions for the next generation."