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GFP News| September GFP Commission Package

September 17, 2019
GFP Commission Adopts Resolutions for Hunt for Habitat Revenue and Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Efforts 
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted two resolutions at their most recent meeting.
Resolution 19-21 determined that funds raised through the Hunt for Habitat raffle will be used to support habitat development and enhancements on public lands, in particular Game Production Areas (GPAs) and School and Public Lands.
The Hunt for Habitat raffle ran from July 1 through August 16 and offered the opportunity to win a Custer State Park buffalo tag or one of three packages containing a deer tag, antelope tag and elk tag. The raffle raised $320,990 to enhance habitat in South Dakota.
Habitat needs and projects have been identified on GPAs and School and Public Lands across the state and include:
New grassland plantings – 22,500 acres
New perennial pollinator and food plots – 1,700 acres
New woody cover and tree planting – 1,000 acres
Grazing infrastructure
Riparian management
The second resolution, 19-22, identified the need to consider recruitment, retention and reactivation of resource users, including hunters, trappers, anglers and all outdoor enthusiasts. These efforts are collectively known as R3.
When determining whether to adopt or amend a regulation, the commission will consider R3 impact by asking:
Whether the regulation or fee inhibits a user’s ability to participate.
Whether the regulation increases the opportunity for new and existing users.
How the regulation impacts the next generation of hunters, anglers, trappers and outdoor recreationists.
Whether the regulation enhances the quality of life for current and future generations by getting families outdoors.

GFP Commission Accepts Petition to Adjust Dog Training Days on Public Lands

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission accepted a citizen petition to adjust the days when dog training on horseback can occur on public lands.
Current rules only allow dog trainers to ride horses while training dogs on public lands on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the first Friday of August through the first Sunday in September.
The petition requested a change from Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, citing the age of chicks in early August. The petitioner contends that disturbing young grouse or pheasants on three consecutive days could potentially break up covies, making birds more susceptible to predators.
The proposal for this rule change will be on the agenda of the GFP Commission’s next meeting, which will be held Oct. 3-4 at the AmericInn in Chamberlain Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

GFP Commission Changes Big Game Baiting Dates and Velvet Antler Tagging Requirements

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the dates allowed for baiting big game animals.
The commission adopted a rule change that will move the restricted dates for baiting from the current Aug. 15-Feb. 1 and March 15-May 31, to Aug. 1-Feb. 1 and March 15-May 31.
This adjustment is a response to the earlier start date of the South Dakota archery season and provides an approximate one-month window from the time the bait must be removed prior to the start of the archery deer hunting season.
The commission also repealed the administrative rule that mandated antlers in the velvet stage be tagged.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Mountain Lion Hunting Season; Expansion of Custer State Park Coyote Hunting

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the South Dakota mountain lion hunting season.
The commission proposed to extend the season within the Black Hills Fire Protection district from March 31 to April 30. The season begins Dec. 26. 
The proposal also calls for the creation of 250 nonresident licenses and establish a proposed cost of $280 for that license.
The proposal would allow for an increase in Custer State Park access permits from 57 to 65. 
An expanded allowance for the use of dogs that originates on private land to cross over or culminate on any public lands where unleashed dogs are permitted was also proposed. This is a change from the current regulation which only allows such a hunt to cross over or culminate on SD School and Public Lands or Bureau of Land Management properties. The current restriction for the Fort Meade Recreation Area would remain.
Matching the dates proposed for the mountain lion season, the commission also proposed to extend the season dates for hunting coyotes in Custer State Park. The proposal would change the season dates from Dec. 26 - March 31 to Dec. 26 – April 30.
In addition, the commission proposed to remove the previous requirement of obtaining a free access permit to coyote hunt in the park.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).
                                                             

GFP Commission Proposes to Allow Telescopic Muzzleloader Optics

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will be considering a proposal to adjust the allowance of telescopics on muzzleloaders.
The proposal initially came to the commission via the public petition process due to the limited availability of the currently allowed no magnification power scopes. The proposed change would allow the use of 1-4X or 1-6X scopes during the muzzleloader season.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

GFP Commission Proposes Modifications to Trapping Regulations

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to modify the period in which a trapper must check their set traps and snares. In response to a petition asking for change and a discussion of an alternative approach between the GFP Commission and Department, two alternate proposals are now under consideration and will be acted upon at the October commission meeting.
Under one proposal, as recommended by the department, the change would adjust the existing administrative rule to require that all traps and snares in South Dakota be checked prior to 12 o'clock midnight of the third full calendar day following a previous check or when the trap was initially set. The current rule requires that all traps and snares East River be checked prior to 12 o’clock midnight of the second full calendar day. There is no change in check times for traps and snares West River. Regulations also remain unchanged for any trap or snare entirely submerged in water that remains set beneath the ice, which are to be checked prior to 12 o'clock midnight of the fifth full calendar day statewide, following a previous check or when the trap was initially set. 
The second proposal under consideration, brought forward by public petition, would change the trap check requirement to every 24 hours in South Dakota. This proposal would also allow GFP personnel to grant extensions to the 24-hour check time due to unanticipated complications or emergencies.
This proposal requires people, before setting traps and snares, to study the weather reports for the next 48 hours and make a record of that data. It is expected that such person will not set traps and snares when a reasonable person would conclude that weather-related complications would likely preclude checking traps and snares within 24 hours.
This proposal also allows Game, Fish and Parks personnel to release or euthanize an animal held in a trap or snare longer than 24-hours and would allow any person, after receiving permission from GFP personnel, to release or euthanize an animal in a trap or snare longer than 24-hours. If an animal is being trapped for profit and must be euthanized by an authorized person of GFP, the profit would revert to GFP. Finally, the proposal would require GFP to keep records on trap check time extensions and provide an annual summary report to the GFP Commission.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

Commission Proposes Lake Aeration Rule; Changes to Fish Importation Rules

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule that would establish the department as the designated agent of the commission for the permitting of aeration systems in meandered waters or other waters to which the state has acquired a right, title or interest.
The commission also proposed to simplify fish importation rules by allowing for a single importation permit from an out-of-state source to be valid for a year from the importer’s last inspection, and to list which fish species need to be tested for specific disease-causing pathogens, as part of the importation process.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

GFP Commission Proposes Modifications to the Hoop Net, Trap and Setline Regulations

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the state’s hoop net, trap and setline regulations.
The package of proposed changes includes:
1. Adding a definition of setline in rule.
2. Allowing the use of wire fish traps.
3. Changing hoop net, trap and setline rules to require them to be emptied by midnight the day following when they were set instead of within 72 hours. 
4. Changing hoop net, trap and setline gear restrictions on border waters to match those for inland waters.
5. Allowing the use of hoop nets, traps, and setlines in the James, Vermillion, and Big Sioux River mainstems.
6. Allowing the use of hoop nets and traps in western Missouri River tributaries.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

GFP Commission Proposes Additions to Aquatic Invasive Species and Containment Waters Lists

SPEARFISH, S.D. – With the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe and the high probability of the mussels being present in Lake Francis Case, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to add those reservoirs to the list of designated containment waters for aquatic invasive species (AIS) management.
The commission also proposed to add spiny waterflea, round goby, and white perch to the AIS list in South Dakota.
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

GFP Commission Considers Increase to Park, Camping Fees

SPEARFISH, S.D. - At their most recent commission meeting, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) proposed changes to state park entrance and camping fees for the first time since 2014. 
Deputy Secretary Kevin Robling outlined the need for the proposed changes to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. 
“Damage from flooding and storms has been significant this year,” Robling told the commission. “We are facing repair costs of approximately $8 million. On top of this expense, revenue has been impacted by decreased visitation because of weather and weather-related damage. Some campgrounds had to be closed as a result of flooding.” 
Under the proposal, annual passes to state parks would go from $30 to $36 and the daily fee would move from $6 to $8. A 7-day motorcycle pass to Custer State Park would increase to $20. 
In campgrounds, prime campsites would increase from $21 to $26, preferred sites would move from $19 to $23 and modern sites from $17 to $20. Fees for non-electric, tent-only sites may be going down in some cases. These sites are proposed to be set at $15 statewide to ensure park opportunities are affordable for everyone.
The proposed increase is in line with the rate of inflation and with fees in surrounding states. The revenue raised from this increase will directly support repairs and upkeep in state parks.
“The modest increases for individuals would potentially mean an additional $3 million in revenue for GFP to maintain and repair park amenities and necessities, like roads and bridges,” said Robling. “We need to make sure our parks are meeting the high standards of excellence that all our park visitors expect, now and for generations to come.” 
To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the AmericInn in Chamberlain. Comments can also be submitted online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mailed 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).

 

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