South Dakota Hunting News

South Dakota Violators Pay Big for 2009 Antelope Hunt

A routine stop by a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks conservation officer has resulted in hefty fines for several people found guilty of wildlife crimes.

Game, Fish and Parks Conservation Officer Josh Carr was working in western Stanley County on Oct. 18, 2009, when he came across a group of pheasant hunters. While doing a routine license check, he determined that the hunters were returning from antelope hunting in western South Dakota. Carr discovered numerous violations of wildlife laws, and initiated an investigation.

South Dakota Mtn Lion Season Changes Set for Discussion in October

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission proposed an increased harvest limit for the upcoming 2011 South Dakota Mountain Lion Season.

The proposed season would run from Jan. 1 - March 31, 2011 and have a lion harvest limit of 45, or 30 female mountain lions.

The season proposal includes an increased license fee of $25, up from $15.

The Commission also proposed to open Custer State Park's boundaries to mountain lion hunters, and to give those hunters the option of using dogs.

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

South Dakota Reduces Firearm Antelope Tags for 2010 Season

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has decided to significantly reduce the number of antelope tags available for hunters this fall.

Two difficult winters in the antelope main range have decreased herd numbers.

South Dakota Mtn Lion Plan Available for Review

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is offering citizens an opportunity to review a draft of a new five-year management plan for mountain lions.

The South Dakota Mountain Lion Management Plan 2010-2015 describes how state authorities propose to manage mountain lions in South Dakota. The draft is available for review through July 26. Interested residents are encouraged to submit comments on the plan by that deadline.

South Dakota Looks to Reduce Antelope Tags for 2010
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission proposed to issue the same number of licenses for the upcoming 2010 Antelope Season as were sold in 2009, but the number of tags issued will be approximately 8,000 less than last year.
South Dakota Considers West River Deer Season Changes
People who hunt in the West River Deer season in South Dakota can take to the field beginning Nov. 13, if a Game Fish and Parks Commission proposal is adopted in June.
South Dakota Law Change Allows for Antler Auction
A change in state law has paved the way for the Game, Fish and Parks Department to auction items that have been confiscated in recent years as part of the agency's conservation law enforcement work efforts.
South Dakota Reduces Elk Permits for 2010 Season
The number of licenses available this year for elk hunters in South Dakota has been trimmed by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission, which has also finalized the Archery, Black Hills and Prairie Elk hunting seasons.
South Dakota Proposes Changes to Elk Seasons
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has proposed changes for the 2010 Archery, Firearm and Prairie Elk Seasons.