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GFP News - December 22, 2014


2015 Mountain Lion Hunting Season Opens in the Black Hills on Dec. 26

PIERRE, S.D. - The 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season opens on Dec. 26, 2014, in the Black Hills Fire Protection District. The season will conclude on March 31, 2015, or if either the harvest limit of 75 total mountain lions, or 50 female lions, is reached prior to that date.

The mountain lion hunting season outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District runs year-round and lions harvested in these areas do not count towards the Black Hills harvest limits.

All harvested mountain lions (statewide) must be presented to a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) representative for inspection within 24 hours of harvest. Routine harvest updates will be reported via email, mobile app, Facebook, Twitter and on the GFP website throughout the Black Hills season. Follow us on social media, download the GFP app, sign up for our email distribution list, visit or call 1.866.895.9067 for status updates.

Unlimited licenses for the mountain lion hunting season can be obtained electronically through our website. The direct link to harvest status updates can be found here: For more information on South Dakota’s mountain lion hunting season, visit:

Deer hunting season to reopen

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that the East River and West River deer hunting seasons reopen to antlerless only tags beginning Dec. 27, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015. The season will not reopen in many deer hunting units where no antlerless tags were issued.

Any deer tags are no longer valid during this time period.

To learn more about the East River and West River deer hunting seasons or for more information on hunter harvest stats, interactive maps and survey reports, please visit:

youth goose hunt to be Held in pierre

PIERRE, S.D. - The 25th Annual Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be in Pierre on Jan. 16-18, 2015. An informational meeting will be held on Jan. 16, 2015, at the Pierre Best Western Ramkota at 7 p.m. CST.

The event features two days of hunting, instructional seminars, prizes and Saturday meals. The hunt is free for youth hunters ages 12-15; all South Dakota hunting rules and regulations apply and licenses are required. For more information on this event, contact the Lower Oahe Access Trailer at 605.264.5380.

gfp distinguished service award announced

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has awarded Eric Krebs with the Division of Wildlife’s highest honor, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

“It is with great pleasure that we recognize Eric Krebs for his 12 years of service with our agency and his work at the McNenny State Fish Hatchery near Spearfish,” stated Tony Leif, director of the GFP Division of Wildlife. “His accomplishments go above and beyond his duties as a conservation technician and we greatly appreciate his customer service, dedication and commitment to conserving our state’s natural resources.”

Krebs is an innovative and skilled craftsman, who has fabricated specialized equipment used to raise fish at the hatchery. In addition, his creations have dramatically improved work place safety and enhanced the experience for hatchery visitors. His efforts have made raising fish at the hatchery more efficient and have been a great value to the anglers of South Dakota.

“I am humbled and thankful to have received this award,” stated Krebs. “I enjoy the work that I do and have always been very dedicated to the anglers of South Dakota. Thank you to the department for honoring me with this award. It is greatly appreciated.”

Krebs is a native of Pierre, South Dakota, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

America's State Parks to Host First Day Hikes

Share your adventures using #FirstDayHikes.

PIERRE, S.D. -- Kick-start your New Year's resolution to keep in shape with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you.

All 50 states are participating in the fourth annual event, which is coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). The event invites families to celebrate the New Year and get fit with guided outdoor adventures.

"First Day Hikes offer a great way for families to start their year off right with an activity that can lead to life-long healthy habits," said South Dakota State Park Director Doug Hofer. "State Parks provide many unique opportunities for exercise on our trail system but individuals can also experience relaxation, beautiful scenery, and wildlife."

Last year, more than 27,000 people covered around 66,000 miles on 885 hikes in state parks across the country.

The sponsored hikes range from less than one mile journeys to longer, more intense workouts, depending on the state and terrain. South Dakota is offering 14 hikes across the state.

First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation – a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.

NASPD promotes and advocates for the state park systems across America in providing for conservation and management of natural and cultural resources, quality outdoor recreation experiences, connecting children and families to nature and the outdoors, and more. With more than 8,200 park areas and visitation that exceeds 720 million annually, the economic impact to local communities is estimated to exceed $20 billion each year. America’s State Parks is an alliance of state park systems in all 50 states.

Participants are encouraged to log their adventures on social media with #FirstDayHikes.


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