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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.


Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction Saturday
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.


GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Non-Resident Waterfowl Licenses
Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand the area in which three-day temporary non-resident waterfowl hunters will be able to hunt.


Trophies Awarded at 2017 GFP Archery Tournaments
Young archers from across South Dakota gathered in Rapid City on April 2, and Yankton on April 7, to claim top honors in the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournaments.

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction Saturday
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.


Seeking Comments on Draft Prairie Grouse Management Plan 2017-2021
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the draft Prairie Grouse Management Plan for South Dakota, 2017-2021.

South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review until May 5
The public still has time to review the draft South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023.


Rule Changes for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission expanded a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.


2017 Elk Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their April meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees finalized
This week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission established facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park.


Supreme Court Decision Prompts GFP Action On Non-Meandered Waters
In compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is closing Department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water.


State Parks Announce Free Entrance for Military Group Events
Past and present military personnel will now receive free entrance into South Dakota state parks when participating in special events that they host.

Black Hills Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends
The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31, 2017. Hunters harvested a total of 30 mountain lions, 16 of those were female.


Warm Weather Accompanies the End of Snowmobile Season
March 31 marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota.


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
Saturday, April 1, is the first day to make reservations for a June 30 arrival, which is the Friday preceding the Fourth of July.

Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2017 NASP Tournaments
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 8th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments.


Rosehill Dam Included as part of a Stream Restoration Project
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that a reconstruction project involving the Rosehill Dam, located in Hand County, will not be completed and that the agency will instead pursue a stream restoration in the project area.


Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.


South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed a draft of the South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023 and is currently seeking review and comment from the public from now until April 16, 2017.


National Wild Turkey Federation Awards Altman “Officer of the Year”
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Dan Altman their prestigious “Officer of the Year” award.

New and Modified Aquatic Invasive Species Rules Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently finalized new aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules and modifications to the existing rules in an effort to target the most likely ways that these species are moved from water body to water body.

Proposal to Change the Rules for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

Waterfowl Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several waterfowl seasons at their March meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes 2017 Elk and Mountain Goat Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allocate 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their March meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park earlier this week.