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Plentiful Pheasant Population Will Greet Hunters in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — For pheasant hunters who were in the fields last year, 2008 may offer a sense of déjà vu as South Dakota once again boasts a near-record population of ringnecks. Pheasant brood count surveys last year estimated a pheasant population that recalled the Soil Bank days of the…


Hunters Vital in Tracking Sage Grouse Data in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D.—South Dakota’s short sage grouse hunting season is accompanied by a vigorous effort to collect data about the birds. That collection effort relies largely on the willingness of hunters to have their birds checked by Game, Fish and Parks. “Hunters play a key role in helping us collect…


Reptiles, Fish T-shirts, ‘Animal Olympics’ Offered by GFP at State Fair

PIERRE, S.D. – In addition to its popular aquariums and publications, the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department will be offering free hands-on, educational programming for visitors at this year’s South Dakota State Fair. GFP will also have staff members on hand at the department booth each day of the…


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…


South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Offers HuntSAFE Course for Women

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department will be offering a HuntSAFE course for women on July 8, 10 and 12. The course will be led by female instructors, and has been specifically designed for women and girls 11 years of age or older. Registration begins…


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…


Gov. Rounds Proclaims June as Great Outdoors Month

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month in South Dakota. In the proclamation, Gov Rounds states, outdoor recreation is an essential component of our well-being, with the ability to improve our health and build the human spirit.  I encourage citizens and our visitors to…


West Bend Boat Ramp Parking Lot to be Closed for Striping

PIERRE, S.D. – The boat ramp parking lot at West Bend recreation area will be closed for striping during the early part of the week of April 28, weather permitting. Access to the boat ramp will still be available, as park personnel will direct traffic. For more information contact Amanda…


Proper Measurement of Fish Critical to Fish and Fisherman

PIERRE, S.D.—The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department’s 2008 Fishing Handbook defines length of a fish as “the total length of a fish in inches, as measured in a straight line along a flat surface, from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.” Sometimes the instrument…


Proper Measurement of Fish Critical to Fish and Fisherman

PIERRE, S.D.—The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department’s 2008 Fishing Handbook defines length of a fish as “the total length of a fish in inches, as measured in a straight line along a flat surface, from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.” Sometimes the instrument…