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GFP News - May 16, 2016


 

GFP Receives $50,000 Grant from Black Hills Fly Fishers for Pactola Basin Improvements

Pierre, S.D. - A non-profit group of over 200 members recently donated $50,000 to improving water quality and fish habitat in the Black Hills.

The Black Hills Fly Fishers donated the money to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) to assist with the completion of a project immediately below Pactola Reservoir. With the installation of 10 engineered structures of trees, root wads and boulder placement, the project will restore and improve habitat conditions in Rapid Creek. The structures are designed to withstand flows up to 500 cfs and to remain functional during low flow periods to provide protection and holding areas for trout.

"The partnership between GFP and the Black Hills Fly Fishers has been instrumental in improving habitat for trout and other fish species," said GFP regional fish manager, Jake Davis. "The Pactola Basin is an important and popular stretch of water for Black Hills anglers and should improve fishing opportunities."

In addition to this recent $50,000 donation, the Black Hills Fly Fishers also committed $35,000 to assist with Phase 2 of the Pactola Basin project and another $35,000 to assist with a project in Spearfish Creek to improve stream and habitat from Homestake Hydro 2 to Maurice Intake.

"This group has a long history in helping improve stream and water qualities in the Black Hills. They are committed to natural resource conservation, water quality and improvement of the Black Hills fisheries and we look forward to working with them in the future," concluded Davis.

Over the past 25 years, the Black Hills Fly Fishers have financially assisted other cooperative projects with total funds paid and committed in excess of $300,000. To learn more about the Black Hills Fly Fishers visit: https://www.facebook.com/BlackHillsFlyfishers/.

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Archery Deer Season Proposal Would Open More Areas for Antlerless Deer Harvest

Pierre, S.D - A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would open more of the state for deer hunters to harvest antlerless whitetail deer during the archery season.

In recent years, GFP has closed certain areas of the state for antlerless deer harvest due to low deer populations. Whitetail deer numbers are increasing across the state; calling for the Commission to ease restrictions. To view a map of these proposed areas, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/docs/2016/May/may-materials.pdf.

Resident and nonresident hunters may purchase one statewide any deer license or one East River any deer license and one West River any deer license. Residents and nonresidents may purchase one antlerless whitetail deer license as well.
The proposed archery deer season would run from Sept. 24, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017. From Jan. 1-15, only antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid.

The Commission also proposed to increase the number of antlerless whitetail deer archery access permits from 20 to 25 for the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.  Five archery access permits would also be available for Good Earth State Park.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 2-3, 2015, meeting at the Watertown Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 2. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Watertown Convention Center.

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GFP Commission Proposes More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses

Pierre, S.D - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 400 resident and 32 more nonresident antlerless whitetail deer hunting licenses for the 2016 Black Hills deer hunting season. There were no antlerless tags available in the Black Hills for 2015.

Pending the finalization of the proposal in June, Black Hills deer hunters would have 200 resident and 16 nonresident any deer licenses and 3,500 resident and 280 nonresident any whitetail deer licenses available in 2016 as well.
The Commission also proposed to add 10 antlerless whitetail deer licenses to the 2016 Custer State Park deer hunting season. This season will run Nov. 5-18, 2016, and would have 10 any whitetail deer licenses and 30 antlerless whitetail muzzleloader licenses available in 2016.

The Commission will finalize these proposals at their June 2-3, 2015, meeting at the Watertown Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 2. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Watertown Convention Center.

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GFP Commission Proposes East River, Muzzleloader and
National Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons

Pierre, S.D - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed an increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2016. There would be 4,220 fewer one-tag licenses, 5,075 more two-tag licenses and 1,400 more three tag licenses compared to 2015.

The Commission also proposed to establish an antlerless deer unit within Bon Homme County; south of SD Highway 50 and east of US Highway 37. To view a map of this proposed area, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/docs/2016/May/may-materials.pdf.

The East River deer hunting season would run Nov. 19 - Dec. 4, 2016.   The proposal also includes nine days of antlerless deer hunting from Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017, when only antlerless tags are valid.
The muzzleloader season will run from Dec. 1, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017, and will have 1,000 any deer licenses and unlimited antlerless whitetail deer licenses available. 

The Commission also proposed a decrease of 10 resident and one nonresident any deer licenses for the LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  The proposed refuge deer hunting seasons are:

Sand Lake NWR:

LaCreek NWR:

Waubay NWR (includes Waubay State Game Refuge):

The Commission had no proposed changes to the 2016 youth deer hunting season, resulting in the same season structure as last year. The youth deer season will run from Sept. 10, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017.

The Commission will finalize these proposals at their June 2-3, 2015, meeting at the Watertown Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 2. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Watertown Convention Center.

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GFP Commission Proposes West River Deer Hunting Season

Pierre, S.D - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed the 2016 West River deer hunting season.

A total of 14,345 one-tag, 5,420 two-tag licenses would be available for residents and 1,151 one-tag, 434 two-tag licenses would be available for nonresidents.

The Commission proposed that the season would run from Nov. 5-8 and Nov. 21-27, 2016, for Gregory and Mellette counties. For all other hunting units, the season would run from Nov. 12-27, 2016.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 2-3, 2015, meeting at the Watertown Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 2. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Watertown Convention Center. 

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GFP Commission Proposes a Change to theFree Antlerless Deer License Available to Landowners

Pierre, S.D - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the utilization of free antlerless deer licenses available to landowners.

These licenses are available to any qualifying farmer or rancher for use in the West River, East River, Youth, Archery and Muzzleloader deer hunting units where at least one antlerless deer tag is available. Previously these have been available after the second lottery drawing from the previous year East River and West River deer seasons. However, no such free antlerless license is valid in counties where antlerless archery or a muzzleloader license is restricted. The requirements and equipment restrictions for each deer hunting season apply to any free antlerless license issued.

The Commission proposed to make free antlerless whitetail deer licenses available to those eligible landowners in hunting units offering deer licenses with multiple tags for antlerless deer in the lottery drawing for the East River and West River deer seasons.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 2-3, 2015, meeting at the Watertown Convention Center. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 2. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Watertown Convention Center.

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