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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.


S.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Events
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.

Division of Parks and Recreation Honors Employees
The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation recently recognized several individuals for their dedication and hard work in the state parks system.


Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park Offering “Haunted” Tour
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City is hosting an afternoon of fall fun from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 14. After the sun goes down, take a haunted fort tour from 5- 8 p.m. CT.


GFP Commission Proposes the Removal of Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the 15-inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their October meeting.

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

GFP Commission Proposes an Aerial Hunting Rule Modification
Nonresident pilots may be able to obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) if a Commission proposal is approved in November.

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

GFP Commission Proposes Modifications to Bait Rules
A rule proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require all bait dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will engage in trapping, transporting, delivering, raising, or seining bait and allow the Department to refuse the issuance of a license to a bait dealer with an employee/agent who has received a suspension or revocation of their bait dealer license.

Additional Elk Hunting Opportunity Proposed for Custer State Park
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would increase the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60.

Rules for Marking NonMeandered Waters Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property at their October meeting last week.

GFP Commission Considers Two Petitions for Changes to Mountain Lion Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected one petition and accepted another petition requesting changes to the existing mountain lion season at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Fee Changes for State Parks
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees.


Dale R. Henning to Speak at Good Earth State Park
Next week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host Dale R. Henning, PhD., for two evening presentations at Good Earth State Park, just east of Sioux Falls.


GFP Seeking Comments on Current Pronghorn Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2014 pronghorn management plan prior to drafting an updated and revised management plan.


Newton Hills State Park to host the 18th Annual FestiFall
Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 18th annual FestFall on Oct. 7, from 1-5 p.m CDT. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.

Record Turnout for Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park
Over 21,000 visitors attended the 52nd Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park, setting a new record for turnout at the event.


State Park Entrance Licenses Available for 2018
The 2018 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas will be available for purchase Oct. 1.


Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station near Gettysburg for the 2017 season.

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Mountain Lion Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2010-2015 mountain lion management plan prior to drafting the next management plan.

GFP Receives Grant to Help Curb Poaching
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently received money to purchase a turkey decoy thanks to a grant from International Wildlife Crimestoppers, Inc.

First Portion of Spearfish Falls Trail System Complete
Representatives for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say the first section of the trail system near Spearfish Falls is officially complete.


Hunters Asked to Guard Against Wildfires this Fall
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking hunters going into the field this fall to be diligent in preventing and detecting fires under the extreme dry conditions in certain parts of the state.


Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 52nd annual Buffalo Roundup and 24th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month.

Input Requested on Current Duck Hunting Regulations
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently reaching out to duck hunters asking for input on current hunting season regulations, primarily season dates, bag limits and hunting zone boundaries.

GFP to Host Fall Events
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating fall by hosting events in state parks this weekend.

Custer State Park Set to Re-open Peter Norbeck Building
Custer State Park officials will host the grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Sept 28. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival.

South Dakota Mountain Lion Season Set for Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission agreed with a Department recommendation to make no changes to the 2017-18 mountain lion hunting season from the 2016-17 season during their September meeting in Sioux Falls.

Good Earth State Park Receives National Recognition for Cultural and Historical Significance
The National Association of State Park Directors formally recognized and awarded Good Earth State Park as this year’s recipient of the Ney Landrum Park History Award.


South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission Delays Decision on Boating Restriction Petition
On Thursday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission tabled a petition request to place a “no boating restriction” from Oct. 20 through Dec. 31 on Swan Lake in Clark County.


Trout to be Stocked Near Pierre
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will be stocking rainbow trout in Oahe Marina near Fort Pierre in September.

Landowners and Hunters Asked to Report Dead Deer
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortalities in 2017 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue.

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Conservation Officer
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Conservation Officer John Murphy as its 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

History Comes to Life at Beaver Creek Nature Area
Beaver Creek Nature Area near Brandon will host the 39th Annual Homesteader Day Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1 – 4 p.m. CDT to showcase what life on the prairie was like for the early Dakota Territory settlers.


Elk Contingency Licenses to be Determined for 2017
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is working on a recommendation regarding this year’s use of elk contingency licenses for the GFP Commission to take action on in Sioux Falls next week.


State Parks Camping Available Year-Round
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.

GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is extending an invitation to observe the unofficial end of summer by participating in Labor Day Weekend activities.

Deer Camp Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters
Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a managed youth deer hunt and camp on Sept. 23-24 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

Archery Training in South Dakota Schools Continues to Grow
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), currently has 293 schools trained in the program with approximately 20,000 students participating each year.


2017 Pheasant Brood Survey Results Are In
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a significant decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2016.


Tree Stands Allowed on Public Land August 25
Archery hunters can start setting up tree stands on public lands beginning Friday, Aug. 25.