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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.


Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $1.8 Million to Support Custer State Park Fire Rehabilitation Project
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $1.8 million grant to Custer State Park to aid rehabilitation efforts following last December’s Legion Lake Fire.


GFP Reminds Individuals that Gray Wolves Remain Protected in South Dakota
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind individuals that gray wolves remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act across the entire state.


Game, Fish and Parks to Stock Rainbow Trout Below Oahe Dam
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will stock rainbow trout at Oahe Marina on March 27, weather permitting.


Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2018 GFP-NASP Tournaments
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 9th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments.


View Black Hills Snowmobile Trails with New Trail Cameras
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say snowmobile trail conditions are in good shape after recent snowfall in the Black Hills.

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 Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.


New GFP Outdoors Mobile App Available
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting hunters, anglers, campers and all other outdoor enthusiasts to update, download and explore its new mobile app.


Outdoor Recreation Projects Funded
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded a total of $424,862 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to several communities.

Unit 2 Canada Goose Season Closes Feb. 18
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding waterfowl hunters that the Canada goose season for Unit 2 will close on Feb. 18.


Deadline Nears for Game, Fish and Parks Summer Employment
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for summer employment with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

The Great Backyard Bird Count Returns Feb. 16-19
Millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers can make their love of nature count for science during the 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

Summer Camping Reservations Open Soon In State Parks
This weekend, campers can begin making reservations for summer stays in the South Dakota State Parks.

Tree Stands Must be Removed from Public Lands by Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that all tree stands and climbing devices must be removed from lands owned, leased or controlled by GFP by Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.


Game, Fish and Parks Launches 100 Years of Tradition
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced today that the next couple of years will be dedicated to celebrating 100 Years of Tradition.


South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation Elects Officers
The South Dakota Habitat Conservation Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2018.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Food Plot Program Offers Free Seed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) food plot program was developed nearly 50 years ago to assist landowners in providing winter food sources for wildlife.

South Dakota State Parks Remain Popular Getaways
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials say state parks saw high numbers of visitors in 2017.


Funding Available for Trails
South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP).

Bear Butte Summit Trail Reopens on Friday
The Bear Butte Summit Trail will reopen Friday, Feb. 2 for visitor use.


Bear Butte State Park Fire Update
The Bear Butte State Park Fire reached full containment at 2:00 a.m. MST on Sunday, Jan. 28.


GFP Seeking Comments on Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Management Plans
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently seeking public comments on two different big game management plans.

GFP Commission Proposes Catch and Release Rule for Muskellunge
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected a petition to increase the minimum length limit for muskie and tiger muskie fisheries in South Dakota.


Custer State Park Interior Roads Temporarily Closed Due to Logging Activity
Salvage timber logging is set to begin in Custer State Park on Wednesday, January 24.


GFP Commission Makes Changes to Limited Draw Preference Points
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the way preference points effect 36 limited draw seasons at their January Commission meeting.


Oakwood Lakes State Park to Host Winter Events
Oakwood Lakes State Park will host a weekend of winter fun with the Cool Kids’ Classic Fishing Derby and the Groundhog Day Ski Event on Jan. 27 and 28, respectively.