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GFP COMMISSION CONSIDERS CHANGES TO TUNDRA SWAN, YOUTH WATERFOWL SEASONS

January 23, 2020

GFP COMMISSION CONSIDERS CHANGES TO TUNDRA SWAN, YOUTH WATERFOWL SEASONS

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed changes to two waterfowl hunting seasons at their January meeting.

The commission proposal would reduce the number of available resident tundra swan hunting licenses from 1,425 to 1,100 and nonresident licenses from 250 to 200. This reduction in licenses comes from the recommendation of the Central Flyway Council and was adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The commission also proposed to move the 2020 Youth Waterfowl Season. The change would align with the federal framework that allows the season to begin the Saturday closest to 14 days prior to September 24. The upcoming youth waterfowl season would be Sept. 12-13, 2020.

To comment in person, the public hearing will be held March 5 at 2 p.m. CST at the Ramkota Convention Center in Pierre. Individuals can comment online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mail comments 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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