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GFP Commission Proposes Changing Dates for the Elk License Raffle

GFP Commission Proposes Changing Dates for the Elk License Raffle

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to move the drawing time period for the elk license raffle.

By rule, the department has the ability to offer an “any elk” license to a non-profit, wildlife-related organization to use as a raffle fundraiser.

“The reasoning behind this proposal is to allow additional opportunity for unsuccessful applicants from the regular elk hunting season drawings to purchase raffle tickets for this license,” said Chad Switzer, Wildlife Program Administrator. “We’ve worked with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to direct the proceeds from this raffle license for several years and it’s been a great collaboration. We have partnered on habitat projects on private and public lands, as well as research to learn more about the survival and habitat use of elk. This change would allow more time to sell raffle tickets and hold a successful fundraiser.”

Individuals can comment online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions or mail comments to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

To be included in the public record and to be considered by the commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing).

The next GFP Commission meeting will be held Sept. 2-3, tentatively at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City.