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Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Being Accepted
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Wildlife Diversity Program is accepting proposals for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program.


GFP Commission Finalizes Duck Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted the season dates of the Low Plains South duck hunting zone for the 2018 hunting season.

GFP Commission Changes the Early Fall Goose Season and Units
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to the early fall Canada goose hunting seasons at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Additional Big Horn Sheep Hunting Unit
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish a new hunting unit for bighorn sheep in Pennington County east of the Cheyenne River and in Jackson County north of the White River, excluding Badlands National Park.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Oakwood State Park Hunting Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the use of shotguns using shotshells, crossbows and bows while hunting in Oakwood State Park at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes No Wake Zones at Shadehill and West Bend
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish “no wake zones” on Shadehill Reservoir in Perkins County and on West Bend Recreation Area in Hughes County.


Game, Fish and Parks Unveils New Website
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting visitors to explore its new website at https://gfp.sd.gov/.


GFP Officials Remind Trail Users to Respect Groomed Trails
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding winter hikers to respect groomed cross country skiing trails.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2018.

SD State Parks Celebrate Winter with Snowshoe Hikes
The South Dakota State Parks are encouraging folks to get outside and remain active during the winter months.


GFP Commission Requests Input on Preference Point System
Following a presentation by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), the GFP Commission is requesting public input on a proposal to cube preference points for all limited draw seasons.


Custer State Park Reopens in Full Capacity on Friday
Custer State Park (CSP) will officially reopen in full capacity on Friday, Dec. 22.

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2018
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) encourages those with New Year’s resolutions on health and happiness to kick off 2018 with a First Day Hike at a state park.

State Park Fee Changes go into effect Jan. 1
Changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees will go into effect Jan. 1.


GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Early Fall Goose Season and Units- Finalizes Others
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed and set several goose hunting seasons at their December meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Duck Hunting Season- Finalizes Several Waterfowl Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to adjust the beginning of the low plains south duck hunting zone for the 2018 hunting season calling for the zone to open the third Saturday of October from the second Saturday of October.

Fishing Access Improved at Mickelson Pond in Pierre
The City of Pierre and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) recently partnered to add four new fishing pods at Mickelson Pond in Pierre.


Custer State Park Encourages Hay Donations for Those Affected By Fire
Humbled by the outpouring of support from individuals across the country, Custer State Park officials are asking that hay donations for those directly impacted by the Legion Lake Fire do so through Farm Rescue.


South Dakota Snowmobile Trails Open Dec. 15
Snowmobile trails across South Dakota open Friday, Dec. 15.

Give the Gift of the Outdoors with State Park Gift Cards
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding those who have outdoor-lovers on their shopping list that gift cards are available for last-minute stocking stuffers.

Park Officials Provide Legion Lake Fire Update
Late Tuesday evening, high wind gusts aligned with the canyon in the French Creek Natural Area and caused spotting in several areas west of the Wildlife Loop Road.


Custer State Park Remains Closed Due to Wildfire
The Legion Lake Fire, which began early Monday morning by Wilson’s Corner, has now risen to 2,500 acres burned.

Custer State Park is Closed Due to Wildfire
Custer State Park is closed as of Monday, Dec. 11 due to the Legion Lake Fire.


Anglers and Waterfowl Hunters Urged to Use Caution
A strange beginning to the winter season has officials urging both waterfowl hunters and ice anglers to use caution when venturing out to hunt and fish.

Walleye Length Limit on Poinsett Removed
Anglers may now begin to harvest walleyes under 15 inches on Lake Poinsett after a legislative committee approved a Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rule change.


Registration for 21st Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Opening Soon
Registration is opening at 8 a.m. MT on Dec. 13 for the 21st Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.


Fort Sisseton Celebrates a Frontier Christmas
Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park's Annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 9. Relive Christmas traditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.


Status Reviews of South Dakota’s Threatened and Endangered Species Available for Comment
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is conducting a review of state endangered and threatened species and asking the public to provide comment on the draft status reviews for 22 species.

GFP Reminds Hunters to Register for Winter Depredation Hunts
As winter approaches, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds resident hunters of unique opportunities that could exist later this winter.


Camp Year-round at South Dakota State Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors that camping isn't just for summer. Parks accept reservations and electricity stays on year-round.

Give the Gift of the Outdoors with State Park Gift Cards
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has gift cards available for those who have outdoor-lovers on their Christmas shopping list this year.


Brown County Conservation Officer Receives Game, Fish and Parks Distinguished Achievement Award
Brown County conservation officer Nick Cochran was awarded the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Distinguished Achievement Award at the GFP Commission’s November meeting.

Altman Named William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Conservation Officer Dan Altman was named the 2017 William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charities Dinner in Sioux Falls Nov. 8.


Business Opportunity at Roy Lake Resort
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
The 2017 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 272 head will be available for sale.


GFP Commission Denies Petition to Restrict Recreational Use on Portions of Cattail-Kettle Lake
Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission denied a petition submitted by Cattail Land and Cattle Company, LLC, to restrict recreational use on portions of Cattail-Kettle Lake in Marshall county.


GFP to Host Meetings on Winter Deer Depredation Programs and Services
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host several open house meetings for landowners in central and western South Dakota in the coming weeks.


Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List Updated
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized changes to the scientific names of four fish and animal species on the state threatened and endangered lists.

State Park Fee Changes Approved by GFP Commission
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission approved changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees at their meeting last week.

Aerial Hunting Rule Modified for Nonresidents
Nonresident pilots are now able to apply for and obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett Removed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the 15 inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their November meeting last week.

Rules for Marking Nonmeandered Waters Now Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Rule Adjustments Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized a rule adjustment which would allocate no more than five bighorn sheep licenses for both the 2018 and 2019 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Rejects Expansion of Mountain Lion Hunting on Public land
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission did not adopt their proposal which would have expanded the use of hounds to hunt mountain lions.

Additional Custer State Park Elk Hunting Opportunity Now Open for Applications
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission increased the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60.


Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to Host Christmas Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near McCook Lake invites visitors to get in the holiday spirit and step back in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. CST.


Hiltunen Recognized by SD Parks and Recreation Association
The South Dakota Association of Parks and Recreation (SDPRA) recently awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) employee, Katy Hiltunen, with the 2017 Young Professional Award.


Traditions Remain Strong for South Dakota's Pheasant Hunting Opener
Communities across South Dakota rolled out the orange carpet for pheasant hunters today, the third Saturday in October, for the 2017 pheasant hunting season opener.