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GFP Asks Public to Leave Animals Alone
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding people that it is important to leave wild animals alone.

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact either department regarding prairie dog encroachment issues.


GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Reetz Lake Fish Harvest Restrictions to Regain Open Water Fishing Access
In an effort to regain public fishing access to Reetz Lake, Game, Fish and Parks staff have been working on access agreement terms and conditions with the landowners of Reetz Lake, currently a closed nonmeandered lake in Day County.


It’s Official! The Top Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in South Dakota is: Farm Island Recreation Area
Vote now for South Dakota to win a place on the Top 10 list.

Outdoor Activities at State Parks This Weekend
State parks across the South Dakota are offering activities every weekend for families to enjoy the outdoors

GFP Commission Finalizes Snaring Changes on Game Production Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted a regulation change prohibiting snares that use springs or other powering devices on Game Production Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas, above water.

GFP Proposes to Ease Archery Equipment Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove several archery equipment restrictions at their June meeting in Aberdeen.

GFP Commission to Allow Armed Accompaniment
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Proposes State Park Firewood Restrictions
Due to the emerald ash borer being detected in South Dakota, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission approved an emergency measure that no wood may be brought from a quarantined area into the South Dakota state park system.

GFP Commission Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the minimum age restriction in administrative rule to match state law for the mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons, currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Requires Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission requires Custer State Park deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), effective this fall.

GFP Commission Finalizes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase, or contract to purchase, fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to State Refuges and Boating Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

Fall Turkey Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer 355 fewer prairie unit and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses for the 2018 fall turkey hunting season.

GFP Commission Eliminates Group Size Hunting Restrictions, and the Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will no longer restrict hunters to groups of 20 people or less.

Archery Deer Season to Begin Sept. 1, Muzzleloader Handguns Allowed for Big Game Hunting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission set the archery deer season to start Sept. 1 and conclude Jan. 1 at their June meeting in Aberdeen this week.


Good Earth State Park Film Wins Awards
South Dakota’s newest state park has been getting rave reviews from visitors, but it’s the new visitor film that recently put Good Earth State Park in the spotlight.

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as “Great Outdoors Month”
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month” in South Dakota, joining with many states across the nation to celebrate nature.


Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
This weekend, the South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

State Parks Host Hikes, Events on National Trails Day
Parks across the state are celebrating National Trails Daythis weekend. Hikes, activities and programs are being held in parks to recognize the state’s trails.

Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend
On June 1-3, Fort Sisseton will host its 41st annual historical festival. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) expects a large turnout, with previous years bringing in as many as 15,000 visitors.


Reminder Firewood from the Sioux Falls Area is Under Quarantine
As campers and other outdoor enthusiasts head to South Dakota State Parks for the traditional Open House weekend this Friday through Sunday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind individuals and families that firewood from the Sioux Falls area is under quarantine due to the discovery of an infestation of emerald ash borer in the area.

GFP and SDSU Tagging Walleyes on Lake Sharpe
If all goes according to plan, 4,000 walleyes will be sporting a shiny piece of jewelry in Lake Sharpe this summer.


New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Bill Eastman has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the 2017 South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.


Adams Homestead to Host Donkey Dash 5K
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve will host its annual Donkey Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19. Same-day registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Dash starting at 10 a.m.

May 19-25 is National Safe Boating Week
Join the United States Coast Guard and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in celebrating National Safe Boating Week May 19-25, 2018.

Good Earth State Park to Unveil “Peace” Statue
Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls will unveil the statue “Peace” on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. CT. The unveiling takes place one year after the opening of the Good Earth Visitor Center.

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 18-20
The unofficial kickoff to summer begins this weekend with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend May 18-20.


Sandy Shore Recreation Area Installs Lakefront Cabins
Sandy Shore Recreation Area near Watertown recently installed two new lakefront cabins on the west end of the park.


Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
Fifteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program.

Reminder that Muskellunge are Catch and Release in South Dakota
As of April 30, the harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies has changed from a statewide 40 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch and release only statewide.


GFP Commission Proposes CWD Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park
proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require successful Custer State Park (CSP) deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Proposes to Eliminate Group Size Hunting Restrictions, Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule
South Dakota pheasant hunters would no longer be restricted to hunting with 20 people or less if a proposal from the state’s Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is passed in June.

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposal Establishes Apprentice Deer License
In an effort to recruit new and reactivate former deer hunters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish an apprentice hunter deer season.

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Reviews Archery Season Dates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission is currently reviewing the season start date of the archery deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposal Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to remove the minimum age restriction for mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons, currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Proposed to Allow Armed Accompaniment
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Commission to Allow Muzzleloader Handguns for Big Game Hunting
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow for the use of muzzleloader handguns for big game hunting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the archery, muzzleloader and youth deer hunting seasons at their May meeting in Custer State Park.

2018 West River Deer Season Set and Depredation Permits
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 West River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 10-25.

2018 East River Deer Hunting Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 East River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 17-Dec. 2.


Oahe Marina will not Open in 2018
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), along with Oahe Tailrace, LLC, operator of Oahe Marina and Resort, announce that the Oahe Marina will not be open in 2018.


Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2018 GFP-NASP 3D Tournament
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their skills at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State 3D Tournament May 4 and 5.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jon Locken to GFP Commission
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Jon Locken of rural Bath to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission.


GFP Crews Tagging Walleyes in Western Reservoirs
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in conjunction with South Dakota State University, is tagging walleyes in Angostura, Belle Fourche and Shadehill reservoirs this April.

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.


GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader, Archery and Youth Deer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed that the muzzleloader deer hunting season run from Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019, for both any deer and antlerless whitetail deer licenses.

2018 and 2019 Elk Hunting Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 222 licenses for the 2018 and 2019 archery elk hunting seasons.

West River Deer Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to reinstate days in which only antlerless licenses are valid for the West River season for 2018.

East River Deer Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed that the 2018 East River deer hunting season would have 175 less licenses available.

2018-2020 Small Game Seasons Announced
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed no changes to the following small game hunting seasons: grouse, quail, Sandhill crane, snipe, partridge, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, mourning dove and crow.

2018-2020 Pheasant Hunting Seasons Announced
The South Dakota pheasant hunting seasons have been set for the next three years.


East Shore Lakeside Use Area Closed for Road Repairs
Contractors have begun road work on the access road to East Shore Lakeside Use Area in Hughes County.


Black Hills Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends
The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31, 2018.

Now Is the Time to Sign Up For a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year.


July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
Camping reservations open soon for Fourth of July weekend at South Dakota state parks.

South Dakota Snowmobile Season Ends Saturday
March 31 marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota.