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Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 52nd annual Buffalo Roundup and 24th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month.

Input Requested on Current Duck Hunting Regulations
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently reaching out to duck hunters asking for input on current hunting season regulations, primarily season dates, bag limits and hunting zone boundaries.

GFP to Host Fall Events
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating fall by hosting events in state parks this weekend.

Custer State Park Set to Re-open Peter Norbeck Building
Custer State Park officials will host the grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Sept 28. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival.

South Dakota Mountain Lion Season Set for Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission agreed with a Department recommendation to make no changes to the 2017-18 mountain lion hunting season from the 2016-17 season during their September meeting in Sioux Falls.

Good Earth State Park Receives National Recognition for Cultural and Historical Significance
The National Association of State Park Directors formally recognized and awarded Good Earth State Park as this year’s recipient of the Ney Landrum Park History Award.


South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission Delays Decision on Boating Restriction Petition
On Thursday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission tabled a petition request to place a “no boating restriction” from Oct. 20 through Dec. 31 on Swan Lake in Clark County.


Trout to be Stocked Near Pierre
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will be stocking rainbow trout in Oahe Marina near Fort Pierre in September.

Landowners and Hunters Asked to Report Dead Deer
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortalities in 2017 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue.

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Conservation Officer
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Conservation Officer John Murphy as its 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

History Comes to Life at Beaver Creek Nature Area
Beaver Creek Nature Area near Brandon will host the 39th Annual Homesteader Day Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1 – 4 p.m. CDT to showcase what life on the prairie was like for the early Dakota Territory settlers.


Elk Contingency Licenses to be Determined for 2017
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is working on a recommendation regarding this year’s use of elk contingency licenses for the GFP Commission to take action on in Sioux Falls next week.


State Parks Camping Available Year-Round
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.

GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is extending an invitation to observe the unofficial end of summer by participating in Labor Day Weekend activities.

Deer Camp Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters
Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a managed youth deer hunt and camp on Sept. 23-24 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

Archery Training in South Dakota Schools Continues to Grow
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), currently has 293 schools trained in the program with approximately 20,000 students participating each year.


2017 Pheasant Brood Survey Results Are In
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a significant decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2016.


Tree Stands Allowed on Public Land August 25
Archery hunters can start setting up tree stands on public lands beginning Friday, Aug. 25.


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.


GFP Commission to Review Boat Closure Petition on Swan Lake
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will take action on a petition proposal to designate Swan lake in Clark County as a “no boating zone” from Oct. 20 to Dec. 31 at their upcoming meeting in September.


GFP Launches New Interactive Online Tool about South Dakota Birds
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new interactive online tool featuring the results of a five-year field project about breeding birds.


South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities August 11-13
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is hosting events this weekend for kids and adults alike. The events offer a variety opportunities to spend time outdoors.

Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 20 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Farm Island Triathlon to be Held Saturday
Farm Island’s Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 5. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Events August 4-6
From live music to owl watching, there is an activity for everyone this weekend in South Dakota state parks.


GFP Commission Proposes Petition Process to Restrict Recreational Use of Section 8 Nonmeandered Lakes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission during the July Commission meeting adopted a proposal to establish a process where landowners can request the restriction of recreational use of nonmeandered waters for public use.


South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities July 21-23
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating Christmas this July in multiple state parks and recreation areas in addition to offering kayaking, hiking and craft-making events.


2017-2018 Antelope Hunting Season Finalized for Archery and Firearm
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearm antelope hunting seasons.

Antelope and Coyote Hunting Changes for Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed Custer State Park to antelope hunting for the 2017 hunting season due to decreased herd numbers from previous years while also taking into consideration the wildlife viewing opportunities for park visitors.

2017 Sage Grouse Season Closed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.


Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event. The event will be held Sept. 15-17 at Outlaw Ranch near Custer.


HuntSAFE Names Individual and Team Instructors of the Year
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) named Justin Schmiedt as the 2016 HuntSAFE Instructor of the Year and Bob and Daryl Schutte as the 2016 HuntSAFE Team of the Year.

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


Nature, Sand Candles and Halloween in July this Weekend
South Dakota state parks offer unique ways for visitors to learn more about nature and enjoy the outdoors. From building wax creations to trick-or-treating, there is an activity for everyone.


State Park Events Scheduled for July 7-8
With summer in full swing, South Dakota state parks are offering a variety of programs for visitors.

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


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 Parks to Celebrate Independence Day
Celebrate the 4th of July early in South Dakota’s state parks. From parades to campsite decorating contests, state parks are ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with family fun for all ages.

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.


Updated Nonmeandered Waters Information Available Online
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has posted additional information online for those needing clarification on application of the Open Waters Compromise.