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GFP Going Paperless for Fall Turkey and Mountain Lion Applications
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently announced that they will not distribute printed hunting applications for the upcoming fall turkey and mountain lion seasons due to the decreased demand for paper applications.

Turn In Poachers Program Paying Off
As summer comes to an end and hunting seasons ramp-up, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking citizens to make the call to the Turn In Poachers (TIPs) hotline if they observe illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity.

New Archery Range Installed near Madison
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently installed an archery range on the Bourne Slough Game Production Area (GPA).


2018 Elk Contingency Licenses to be Determined
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will look to provide a recommendation for this year’s use of elk contingency licenses at the GFP Commission meeting in September.


Deer Hunt Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters
Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a mentored youth deer hunt on Sept. 22-23 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.


Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 21 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities August 11
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is hosting events this Saturday for kids and adults alike. The events offer a variety of opportunities to spend time outdoors.


Farm Island Triathlon to be Held Saturday
Farm Island’s Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.


Reetz Lake Open to Anglers on August 1
As part of a signed access agreement with the landowners, Reetz Lake will be open to licensed anglers starting Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018 and from May 1 – Sept. 30, 2019.


Tagged Lake Oahe Salmon: From Silver to Gold
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to know how stocking salmon in different locations improves their survival. Anglers can help GFP gather information and be entered to win $100.

Outdoor Campus West to Host Great Plains Trail Presentation
The Outdoor Campus West will host Luke “Strider” Jordan and his presentation, “Thru-Hiking the Great Plains Trail,” on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. MDT.


Atlantic Salmon Trial Enters Final Phase
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks plans to stock approximately 7,000 – 10,000 Atlantic salmon, 8-10 inches in length, at Whitlock Bay on Lake Oahe this fall.


Outdoor University August 4 at Sertoma Park
Outdoor University, a free event, is the public’s best opportunity to experience the educational fun The Outdoor Campus provides each day. The event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sertoma Park.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Registration Now Open
Registration is open for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event which will be held Sept. 7-9 at Ne-So-Dak Bible Camp near Waubay.

Game, Fish and Parks Commission Awarded Commission of the Year
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) announced this week that the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has been named Commission of the Year at their annual conference in Eugene, Oregon.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Roy Lake Resort Concession Operator
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.


Enjoy “Little Wings on the Prairie” at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area north of Fort Pierre is hosting the Fourth Annual “Little Wings on the Prairie” Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to Noon CDT.


GFP Commission Finalizes Fish Harvest Restrictions on Reetz Lake
As part of an access agreement with the landowners of Reetz Lake, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to change fish harvest restrictions on the non-meandered water body.

2018 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 fall turkey hunting season, offering 355 fewer prairie unit licenses and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses.

GFP Commission Changed Several State Refuges and Boating Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made 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.

GFP Eases Archery Equipment Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed several archery equipment restrictions at their July meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Seasonal Boating on Indian Springs in Clark County
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to a Clark county water body, Indian Springs, regarding its seasonal boating restrictions.

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Drawing Structure for Deer Hunting Licenses
A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposal would require deer hunters to choose among six deer hunting seasons in the first draw period for deer hunting licenses.


Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, trail groups and state parks totaling over $1.1 million.


Record Number of Fingerlings Stocked from Blue Dog State Hatchery
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), consistent warm weather led to the high survival of newly-hatched fish at Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery near Waubay.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Spring Creek Resort Concession Operator
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort can now submit proposals.

Motorized Boats Allowed on Swan Lake in Turner County Again
Effective July 4 at 8 a.m. CT, the temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county will be lifted as flood waters on the lake have continued to recede.


Fish Kill on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes, Pit Available for Homeowners to Discard Dead Fish
he South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department has received several reports of dead fish from lake shore home owners, anglers and boaters on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes near Watertown.

Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice
The swimming beach at Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg is currently closed following routine testing that showed unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.


High Water Impacts Boating, Swimming Facilities on Lake Francis Case
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), rising water on Lake Francis Case is impacting facilities in state parks and recreation areas along the Missouri River.


State Parks Remind Visitors of Firewood Restrictions
With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors about firewood restrictions in South Dakota state parks.


No Motorized Boats on Swan Lake Effective Immediately
Due to flood waters impacting homes and property, a temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county, southwest of Sioux Falls, is effective immediately.


Celebrate a Traditional Independence Day at Historic Fort Sisseton
Fort Sisseton State Park will be hosting its Independence Day commemoration in classic style on June 30, at 1 p.m. CDT.

GFP Reminds Boaters to Practice Safe Boating
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a popular time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

CRP Enrollments Accepted through Aug. 17
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced signup opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are taking applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices through Aug. 17.

Youth Deer Hunting Season Changes to Apprentice Deer Hunting Season
Deer hunters in South Dakota will notice a name change when purchasing a youth deer hunting license this fall.


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.