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GFP News: 2019 Waterfowl Dates and Zones Spring Turkey Finalized Changes to Camping Fees





 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2018

CONTACT: Emily Kiel at Emily.Kiel@state.sd.us

 

 

 

2019 Duck Hunting Season Dates and Zones Finalized

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 duck hunting season at their November meeting.

Season Dates and Open Areas:                   

High Plains Zone: October 12, 2019 – January 16, 2020

Low Plains North & Low Plains Middle Zone: September 28 – December 10, 2019

Low Plains South Zone: October 26, 2019 – January 7, 2020

The daily bag limit will be six ducks; comprised of no more than five mallards (which may include no more than two hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two canvasbacks and one pintail.

Two bonus blue-winged teal would be available for the first sixteen days of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

Goose, Sandhill Crane, Spring Light Goose Seasons Finalized

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 goose, Sandhill crane and spring light goose hunting seasons at their November meeting.

Dates for these seasons include:

Canada Geese (and Brant)

Unit 1: October 1 – December 22, 2019

Unit 2: November 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Unit 3: January 11-19, 2020

Light Geese                                                             

Statewide: September 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020    

White-fronted Geese                                                              

Statewide: September 28 – December 10, 2019.

Daily limits will be eight Canada geese for Unit 1 and four Canada geese for Units 2 and 3. Daily limit for light geese is 50 statewide.

The Commission increased the daily limit of white-fronted geese from two to three, but also shortened the season from 86 to 74 days.

The Commission expanded the area where hunters can hunt Sandhill cranes, modifying the open unit from that portion of the state lying west of U.S. Highway 281 to that portion of the state lying west of a line beginning at the South Dakota-North Dakota border and State Highway 25, south on State Highway 25 to its junction with State Highway 34, east on State Highway 34 to its junction with U.S. Highway 81, then south on U.S. Highway 81 to the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

The Sandhill crane season will run from Sept. 28 – Nov. 24, 2019, have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of nine.

The Commission made a slight change to the season dates for the Spring Light Goose Conservation Order, changing it from 79 days beginning the day after the Unit 2 dark goose season to the day after the Unit 2 dark goose season to May 15.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Turkey Hunting Season Finalized

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 spring turkey hunting season which included the removal of rifles to hunt spring turkeys.  A rifle is defined as rimfire, centerfire and muzzleloading rifles. This decision was made due to safety concerns with the increased use of life-like decoys and other techniques used by spring turkey hunters. This new regulation will take effect for the 2019 spring hunting season.

The Commission also decided to:

1. Offer residents 55 more one-tag male turkey licenses and 150 less two-tag male turkey licenses for the prairie units than 2018 for an overall decrease of 245 tags. 

2. Offer nonresidents two more one-tag male turkey licenses and 12 less two-tag male turkey licenses for the prairie units than 2018 for an overall decrease of 22 tags.

3. Modify the season end date for turkey hunting on the prairies, in the Black Hills and during the archery season from the eighth day prior to Memorial Day weekend to May 31.

4. Adjust the hunting season end date for Sica Hollow in unit 48A to end on May 31.

2019 season dates:

  • Archery: April 6 – May 31
  • Black Hills regular and single-season prairie units: April 13 – May 31
  • Split-season early prairie units: April 13 – April 30
  • Split-season late Prairie units; Black Hills late season: May 1 – May 31     

Licenses available include:

  • Black Hills:  Unlimited resident and nonresident one-tag male turkey licenses.
  • Prairie: 5,657 resident and 246 nonresident one-tag male turkey licenses.
  • 600 resident and 48 nonresident two-tag male turkey licenses.
  • Archery: Unlimited resident and nonresident one-tag male turkey licenses.
  • Access permits are required to turkey hunt Good Earth State (five archery permits available) and Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve (20 archery permits available).

 

 

 

 

 

Camping Fee Changes Finalized

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently made three adjustments to park fees.

The Commission defined the new service of a modern cabin being a structure with beds, electricity, sewer and water and established a fee of $150/night. The Commission also increased the per night fee for the lodge at Shadehill Recreation area from $205 to $280 due to expansion of the lodge. The last adjustment established fees for the use of the Good Earth State Park amphitheater of $300 for four hours and $600 for all day (6 a.m. – 11 p.m. from May 1 – Sept. 30 and 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. from Oct. 1 – April 30).

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Elk License Raffle Rejected by GFP Commission

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected the proposal to make a second elk license available for raffle.

This raffle license was presented to the GFP Commission through a petition. The adoption of the petition resulted in the initiation of the public comment period to allow input from the public on this topic. 

At this time, commissioners were uncomfortable approving this additional raffle license due to the coveted opportunity of elk hunting in the state.

 

 

 

 

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