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Rosehill Dam Included as part of a Stream Restoration Project
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that a reconstruction project involving the Rosehill Dam, located in Hand County, will not be completed and that the agency will instead pursue a stream restoration in the project area.


Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.


South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed a draft of the South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023 and is currently seeking review and comment from the public from now until April 16, 2017.


National Wild Turkey Federation Awards Altman “Officer of the Year”
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Dan Altman their prestigious “Officer of the Year” award.

New and Modified Aquatic Invasive Species Rules Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently finalized new aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules and modifications to the existing rules in an effort to target the most likely ways that these species are moved from water body to water body.

Proposal to Change the Rules for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

Waterfowl Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several waterfowl seasons at their March meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes 2017 Elk and Mountain Goat Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allocate 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their March meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park earlier this week.


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.