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GFP News: Commission Proposes CWD Rules

July 17, 2019
GFP Commission Proposes New Deer and Elk Carcass Transportation and Disposal Rule 
Sand Lake Refuge Archery Deer Season Date Changed Rejected
Hunting Restriction for Game Production Area Near Oacoma Rejected
Commission Proposes Repealing Velvet Antler Tagging Requirement
Commission Proposes Date Changes for Big Game Baiting Rules
GFP Commission Modifies Firearm and Archery Antelope Units
GFP Commission Proposes Trap Check Time Petition
GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader Optics Petition
GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Deer and Elk Carcass Transportation and Disposal (CORRECTED)
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and hunting units within South Dakota's known endemic areas where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) had been confirmed. These newly proposed regulations, if enacted, would not go into effect until the 2020 hunting seasons. 
The Commission made the following proposed rule changes to help reduce the spread of CWD.
Interstate Carcass Transportation
1. Importation of whole cervid carcasses and high-risk cervid carcass parts into South Dakota is restricted from other states, regardless of CWD status of the exporting state.
2. Only the following portions of hunter-harvested cervid carcasses may be brought into South Dakota:
cut and wrapped meat; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; antlers, hides or teeth; finished taxidermy mounts; or antlers attached to skull caps that are cleaned of all brain tissue.
Whole cervid carcasses only traveling through South Dakota are exempt from this regulation
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Intrastate Carcass Transportation
1. Whole cervid carcasses and high-risk cervid carcass parts shall not leave a known CWD endemic area within South Dakota. 
2. Only the following portions of cervid carcasses may leave a known CWD endemic area within South Dakota:
cut and wrapped meat; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached; antlers, hides or teeth; finished taxidermy mounts; or antlers attached to skull caps that are cleaned of all brain tissue.
Carcass Disposal
1. A hunter shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts taken from another state, regardless of CWD status of the exporting state, or a known South Dakota CWD endemic area with a waste management provider or permitted landfill when non-commercial meat processing and non-commercial taxidermy has concluded. 
Those cervid carcasses taken from a known South Dakota CWD endemic area that test negative for CWD from a verified test sponsored by the Department would be exempt from this disposal regulation.
Any recipient of such gift of wildlife as described above shall follow this cervid carcass disposal requirement.
     2. A wildlife processing facility shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts taken from another state, or a known South Dakota CWD endemic area with a waste management provider or permitted landfill.
Game processors licensed by U.S. Department of Agriculture or S.D. Animal Industry Board shall dispose of carcasses as required by the conditions associated with such license.
    3. A taxidermist shall dispose of all remaining cervid carcass parts taken from another state, regardless of CWD status of the exporting state, or a known South Dakota CWD endemic area with a waste management provider or permitted landfill. 
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Individuals can submit comments online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.
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) per HB 1006
GFP Commission Rejects Changes to Sand Lake Refuge Archery Season (CORRECTED)
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected a proposal to move the archery starting date for the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Brown County.
Archery hunters will be able to hunt the refuge beginning the third Saturday of October.
GFP Commission Rejects the Restriction of Firearms and Muzzleloader Use on Game Production Area Near Oacoma (CORRECTED)
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission rejected a proposal to restrict the use of firearms and muzzleloaders on the American Crow Creek public hunting area near Oacoma.
The proposal came via the Commission’s petition process. Safety concerns were the primary reason for the petition.
GFP Commission Proposes Repealing Velvet Antler Tagging Requirement (CORRECTED)
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to repeal the requirement of tagging hunter-harvested deer and elk antlers in the velvet stage.
The proposal follows the South Dakota Legislature’s actions during the 2019 legislative session.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Individuals can submit comments online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. 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) per HB 1006.  .
GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Big Game Baiting Dates
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the dates allowed for baiting big game animals.
The proposal would move the restricted dates from the current, Aug. 15-Feb. 1 and March 15-May 31, to Aug. 1-Feb. 1 and March 15-May 31.
This move would coincide with the earlier start date of the South Dakota archery season.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Individuals can submit comments online at  gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. 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) per HB 1006. 
GFP Commission Modifies Rifle and Archery Antelope Hunting Units
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission modified the firearm and archery antelope units and adjusted firearm licenses for the 2019 and 2020 hunting seasons.
The Commission made the following changes for the firearms antelope season:
Adjusted the number of West River resident licenses from no more than 4,665 one-tag antelope licenses and no more than 300 two-tag antelope licenses to 4,235 one-tag antelope licenses and no more than 600 two-tag antelope licenses. 
Adjusted the number of East River resident licenses from no more than 100 one-tag antelope licenses to 85 one-tag antelope licenses. 
Modified Unit 36A (Hughes County) by removing Hyde County.
Established Unit 38A to include Buffalo, Hand and Hyde counties.
Modified Unit 50A (Mellette County) to include Todd County.
The firearms antelope hunting seasons will be:
September 28 – October 13, 2019
October 3 – October 18, 2020
The Commission added Todd County to the area where archery antelope hunting would be allowed and removed Brule County from the archery season.
The antelope archery season dates will be:
2019: August 17 – October 31, except when the prairie (firearm) antelope season is open.
2020: August 15 – October 31, except when the prairie (firearm) antelope season is open.
GFP Commission Proposes Trap Check Time Petition
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule that would shorten the time a trapper would have to check active traps.
The proposal originated from the Prairie Hills Audubon Society, through the Commission’s petition procedure and would give trappers 24 hours in between checking traps or snares.
The current GFP rule states “traps, including snares, must be checked prior to midnight of the second full calendar day (from the time the trap is set or last checked) east of the Missouri River and prior to midnight of the third full calendar day west of the Missouri River.”
The petition also would grant GFP the ability to allow extensions to the 24 hour check time due to unanticipated complications or emergencies. The petition also would call for a GFP staff person to release or euthanize an animal held in a trap longer than 24 hours.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Individuals can submit comments online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. 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) per HB 1006.
GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader Optics Change Petition
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission proposed a rule that would allow muzzleloader hunters to use 1-4x or 1-6x powered optics during the muzzleloader deer season.
The proposal originated through the Commission’s petition procedure due to the difficulty of finding a legal, 1x power scope.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. MDT at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Individuals can submit comments online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501. 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) per HB 1006.

 

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