New Archery Restrictions Proposed

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The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has requested public input on their recent proposal that would modify the restrictions for archery hunting equipment in South Dakota.

The reason behind these suggested restrictions is the desire to maintain archery hunting as a "primitive" sport in view of the increasing expansion of archery equipment technology, according to Game, Fish and Parks Assistant Wildlife Director George Vandel.

Suggested modifications include:

1) Prohibit use of a bow with an arrow rest that has more than 3 inches of continuous contact with the arrow.

2) Prohibit electronic, bow-mounted devices that aid in the taking of game.

4) Modify broadhead restrictions to provide that broadheads must be made of metal, be at least 7/8 inch wide, and must have at least two cutting edges with a combined cutting edge length of at least 3 inches.

5) Prohibit use of points or broadheads that are hydraulic, pneumatic or explosive.

6) Prohibit use of arrows that weigh less than 400 grains (including the broadhead) for elk and 325 grains (including broadhead) for other big game.

7) Prohibit the use of mechanical broadheads for elk and prohibit the use of mechanical broadheads with a cutting diameter greater than 1 7/8 inches for other big game.

8) Prohibit compound bows that have more than an 80 percent let off.

9) Prohibit bows that are shorter than 30 inches, axle to axle.

To comment, people can attend the public hearing at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, or write Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501. E-mail comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. Comments must include full name and address.