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South Dakota GFP Web Site Offers Interactive Maps of Public Lands

PIERRE, S.D.—Maps of South Dakota’s public lands have gone interactive on the Game, Fish and Parks Department Web site. Users interested in finding public lands for hunting, fishing or outdoor recreation will find a wealth of information at www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/PublicLands/PubLand.htm. “This Web site serves a dual purpose,” according to Chris Marsh,…


2008 South Dakota Hunting Handbook, Hunting Atlas Now Available

PIERRE, S.D.—Two of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department’s most popular publications are now available to the public. The 2008 Hunting Handbook and the 2008 Hunting Atlas are available at GFP regional offices as well as from license agents. The books may also be accessed in PDF form on…


Big Game Licenses for Mentored Hunters Available Online

PIERRE, S.D.—Big game license for mentored hunters are now available through the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department Web site. The big game licenses allow mentored youth to hunt antlerless deer, antelope and turkey. Available to resident mentors for a $5 fee, the licenses are valid during the youth deer…


Fish Kill Occurs on Lake Francis Case

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D.- South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials received reports of a fish kill on Lake Francis Case on Friday, July 25. Anglers reported large numbers of dead fish south of the White River confluence area. Department of Environment and Natural Resources staff were contacted and a GFP staff…


Rules in Place for Mentored Youth Hunts this Fall

RAPID CITY, S.D.–Following action by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, a framework of rules is in place to allow mentored youth hunting in South Dakota. The commission’s action was prompted by a law passed in the last session of the Legislature that established mentored youth hunting. Now the rules…


Early Fall Canada Goose, Youth Waterfowl Seasons Finalized

RAPID CITY, S.D.—Regulations for the early fall Canada goose hunting season and the youth waterfowl hunting season were finalized by the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission at its July meeting in Rapid City. Much of South Dakota will be open for the early fall Canada goose season which runs…


Western Minnesota Walleye Populations Get A Boost

Natural reproduction, combined with an occasional stocking boost by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has turned west-central Minnesota into one of the best walleye fishing areas in the country. “For years, lakes such as Traverse, Lac qui Parle, Big Stone, and Oliver have provided good catches of walleye, and…


Another Record Deer Harvest in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota hunters can look back on 2007 as another record-setting year for deer harvest. According to harvest surveys compiled by the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year saw the all-time highest recorded deer harvest in the state and it was the eighth straight year…


Outdoor Expo a Hit; Second Planned for 2009

PIERRE, S.D.—Successful outdoor excursions usually take planning. The same was true of South Dakota’s first-ever Outdoor Expo. More than two years of planning culminated in a weekend event in May at the State Fairgrounds in Huron that introduced more than 4,000 visitors to the wonders of the outdoors. “Our mission…


Spring Open House Set for McNenny State Fish Hatchery

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Renovation of McNenny State Fish Hatchery, west of Spearfish, has been completed and the public is invited to an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.  The open house is being held in association with the All American Kids Fishing Day, scheduled…