GFP Commission Holds October Meeting

October 7, 2022

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held their meeting at the Rapid City Outdoor Campus on Oct. 6-7.


The Commission voted to finalize turkey season proposals from previous meetings. To view them in their entirety, visit

Spring Turkey

The Commission finalized changes for the spring wild turkey seasons. The following are the changes for the spring turkey season:

For the Black Hills spring turkey season, eliminated the second license available for residents and changed the season start date from the 2nd Saturday in April to the 4th Saturday in April.

•    April 22 – May 31, 2023
•    April 27 – May 31, 2024

For archery and mentored spring turkey licenses, season start dates would align with the prairie and Black Hills season, respectively.

For the Fall River hunting unit, removed the allowance to hunt within one mile of the Cheyenne River within the Black Hills hunting unit. 

Custer State Park Turkey

The Commission finalized their current proposal for the Custer State Park Spring Turkey Season to begin on the 4th Saturday in April.

•    April 22 – May 21, 2023
•    April 27 – May 19, 2024


Allowance of Pets

The Commission proposed a rule change allowing people staying in a cabin, lodge, or suite within a state park to have their dog or cat inside that facility during their stay. 

A dog or cat accommodation fee of $10 per reservation per facility is provided for in a separate proposal. 

Public Comments Currently Being Accepted 

If you would like to comment on any of these proposals, visit Comments can also be mailed to 523 E. Capitol Ave Pierre, SD.

To hear the discussion on these proposals, 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 these proposals in their entirety, visit

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 be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on October 30.

The next GFP Commission meeting will be held in Madison, Nov. 3-4.


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