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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.


Life Jacket Loaner Program Available this Summer
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers and boaters that the life jacket loaner program makes life jackets available for infants to adults.

State Park Events Scheduled for June 23-25
Parks across the state are hosting fun activities for both individuals and families. Join in the events and learn something new.


GFP Announces Father's Day Free Fishing Weekend
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has declared Father’s Day weekend as a free fishing weekend across South Dakota for residents and nonresidents.


GFP Works on Reopening Public Access after Open Waters Compromise Passes
With passage of House Bill 1001 by the SD Legislature, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is now in the process of removing the cables that have blocked boat ramps on nonmeandered waters.

GFP Commission Finalizes Temporary Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission kept the total number of temporary (three days) nonresident waterfowl licenses at 2,000 and modified the temporary license unit boundaries at their June meeting.


Good Eats Around South Dakota State Parks
State parks and recreation areas around the South Dakota will hold cooking classes Saturday, June 17.

Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons Set for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

Black Hills and Custer State Park Deer Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission increased the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted their proposal which will offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season.

Archery Deer Season Set for the Next Two Years
On June 9, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid.

Proposed Changes to Antelope and Coyote Hunting in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close Custer State Park for antelope hunting during their June meeting. Results of the 2017 survey indicate that antelope numbers have decreased far enough from the

GFP Commission Proposes Closure of the Sage Grouse Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their June meeting.

Archery and Firearm Antelope Hunting Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearms antelope hunting seasons at their June meeting.


Prairie Dog Control Programs Available through August 15
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.

Jay Heath Canoe & Kayak Trail Public Dedication Event to be held June 13
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in partnership with the South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association (SDCKA) will host an event to publicly dedicate the new Jay Heath Canoe & Kayak Trail on Tuesday, June 13, at noon.

Traditions Hold Strong at 40th Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
The 40th annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival presented visitors with a weekend full of activities, vendors, food and memories.


National Get Outdoors Day is June 10
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is encouraging individuals and families of all ages to head outdoors this weekend to enjoy National Get Outdoors Day on June 10.


Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as “Great Outdoors Month”
Gov. Daugaard has proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month” in South Dakota joining with many states across the nation to celebrate the nature and resources of their states.


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 Day this 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 2-4, Fort Sisseton will host its 40th annual historical festival.


South Dakota Lakes are Open for Fishing and Making Memories
The South Dakota departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish.

Custer State Park Staff Recognized for Park’s Safe Drinking Water
Staff at Custer State Park have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the Game Lodge public water system.


Becoming an Outdoor Family Event Taking Registrations
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton will host the Becoming an Outdoor Family event June 14-16.


South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities for Holiday Weekend
This Memorial Day, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting people to enjoy all the parks have to offer over the holiday weekend.

Williams Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Chad Williams the 2017 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year.

Reminder that Buffalo are Dangerous: Do Not Approach
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind all visitors entering Custer State Park this season that buffalo are dangerous and should not be approached.


May 20-26 is National Safe Boating Week
Join the United States Coast Guard and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in celebrating National Safe Boating Week May 20-26, 2017.


GFP Commission Revises Proposed Changes to Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted its current proposal to the proposed distribution and number of nonresident temporary (three day) waterfowl licenses and made additional adjustments.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects New Board Members
President of the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (PWF), Karen Gundersen Olson, announced today that William May of Rapid City, Jim Spies of Watertown and Dale Jahr of Sioux Falls will serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.


GFP Commission Proposes the 2017 and 2018 Black Hills and Custer State Park Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to increase the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Proposes East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season, with a majority of this reduction to antlerless whitetail licenses.

Youth Deer Hunting Season in South Dakota Set for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made no changes for the 2017 and 2018 statewide youth deer hunting seasons and will operate under the same season structure as 2016.

GFP Commission Proposes the Archery Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid during their May meeting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission reviewed several furbearer seasons at their May meeting, and with no changes, the seasons will move forward for the next two years under the same season structure.


Trail Bridge Under Repair at Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon
The suspension bridge that crosses the Big Sioux River in the Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon will be under construction during May and early June.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
Fifteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program.