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Fish Houses Must be removed by March 1
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds ice anglers that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Bald Eagle Awareness Week Feb. 20-25
Bald Eagle Awareness Days celebrates its 25th year of entertainment and education by emphasizing the need for conservation and appreciation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed February 20-25, 2017, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 15th Annual "Eagles and Bagels" Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 4.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2017. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable supporting organization for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Funding Available for Trails
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.

GFP Harvest and Opinion Surveys Underway
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently administering a number of different harvest and opinion surveys regarding the management of wildlife resources across the state.

Fort Sisseton Festival Vendor Applications Available
PIERRE, S.D. - Vendors interested in having a booth at the 2017 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival have until March 14 to submit an application. Applications are available for vendors of arts and crafts, concessions, and rendezvous. The annual festival is scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4, 2017.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Joe Galbraith has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Receives Grant for Park Project
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently received a $75,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The money will be used for the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

GFP Currently Conducting Online Angler Survey
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU), is currently conducting an online angler survey to help gauge angler use, harvest and attitudes of resident and nonresident anglers.

Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park Master Planning Contract Awarded
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that Peaks to Plains Design, PC will be the consultant in the master planning efforts for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake areas in the Black Hills.

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Due Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wildlife diversity program is accepting proposals for the wildlife diversity small grants program.

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2017
Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you.

Mountain Lion Season To Begin
PIERRE, S.D. – The mountain lion hunting season for the Black Hills Fire Protection District will begin on Dec. 26, 2016, and run through March 31, 2017, or if the harvest limit of 60 lions or 40 female lions is met.

Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt To Be Held
PIERRE, S.D. – The Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be held Jan. 6-8, 2017, in the Pierre area.

Anglers Reminded to Use Caution While Ice Fishing
PIERRE, S.D. – With the recent temperatures, South Dakota lakes, ponds and sloughs are freezing quickly. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials urge anglers, snowmobilers and recreationists to take extreme caution when venturing out.

South Dakota Snowmobile Trails Open Dec. 15
PIERRE, S.D. – Snowmobile trails across South Dakota open Thursday, Dec. 15.

Registration for 20th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Opening Soon
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration opens Dec. 14 for the 20th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. Bicyclists can sign up online at

Black Hills Snowmobile Trails Open December 15
The Black Hills recently received up to 3 feet of snow, but South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials want to remind snowmobilers that the snowmobile trail system does not open until Dec. 15.