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South Dakota Monarch Plan Available for Public Comment
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking for public comment on a draft strategic plan for the monarch butterfly. The plan is available for review until 5 p.m. CDT on Oct. 26.

Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 53rd annual Buffalo Roundup and 25th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 28. The Arts Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29.

Pheasant Survey Indicates 47% Increase for South Dakota's 100th Hunting Season
PIERRE, S.D. – According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), this year’s pheasant brood survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index is 2.47, up from the 2017 index of 1.68.

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.