GFP Commission Proposes Simplifying Aerial Hunting Application Process

December 9, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – At their December meeting, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the requirement to submit pilot and medical certification as part of the aerial hunting application process. 

“Applicants will still need the certifications, but will not be required to submit copies to GFP,” said GFP Wildlife Director, Tom Kirschenmann. “As we prioritize efforts for coyote control, this proposal simplifies the process for pilots to file their annual application with the Department to hunt coyotes from the air.” 

To hear the discussion on this proposal, audio from the meeting is available through South Dakota Public Broadcasting and will soon be available on the GFP website as part of the meeting archive. To see the proposal in its entirety, visit 

Individuals can comment on this proposal by going online to Comments can also be 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).

The next GFP Commission meeting will be held January 14-15 in Pierre.


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