Mentored Youth Hunts on GFP Commission Agenda

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PIERRE, S.D.—A proposal for setting regulations governing mentored youth hunting activities will be on the agenda when the Game, Fish and Parks Commission conducts its June meeting at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre. The meeting is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 and continue on Friday, June 6.

The last session of the S.D. Legislature passed a law allowing GFP to make the rules governing hunts that would include an unarmed mentor and a hunter age 10 through 15 who has not taken the hunter safety course. If approved by the commission, the proposal could be finalized at the July meeting in Rapid City.

The commission is also scheduled to consider finalizations for the Black Hills and West River deer hunting seasons, the fall turkey hunting season and the mountain lion hunting season. The hunting seasons up for finalization will be the topic of a public hearing at 2 p.m. on Thursday. A meeting agenda and the proposals that are up for public comment can be accessed at the GFP Web site at http://www.sdgfp.info/Commission/Meetings.htm.

Citizens who wish to provide written comments to the commission prior to the hearing can do so up until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4. Comments should be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or e-mailed to wildinfo [at] state [dot] sd [dot] us.

All comments must include the sender’s full name and address in order to become part of the official record. Comments may also be presented in person at the public hearing in Pierre.

The commission also sets aside time during the meeting for public comment on items that may not be on the agenda.