South Dakota Hunting News

South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger Donates Meals to Those in Need

At its recent annual meeting in Custer State Park, the South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) Board of Directors reported that hunters donated 78,735 pounds of game meat to needy individuals and families across the state last year.

Although the total pounds of donated meat dropped 25 percent in 2011, donations in 2010 were record large.

South Dakota Hunting Seasons Proposed

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed changes in several fall hunting seasons, including West River Deer, Black Hills Deer, Archery Deer, Archery Antelope, Youth Deer, Muzzleloader Deer, Fall Turkey and the August Management Take for Canada Geese.

Changes proposed for the West River Deer Season include:

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South Dakota GFP Commission Finalizes Elk Seasons

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has voted to reduce the number of "antlerless elk" tags available to hunters.

The Black Hills Firearms Elk Season will have 570 total tags available, with 175 being antlerless.

The Black Hills Archery Elk Season will have 97 total tags available, with 15 antlerless.

Custer State Park will have four resident "any elk" tags available, and the Late Archery Season in the park will be closed for 2012.

South Dakota GFP Commission Finalizes Waterfowl Seasons

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized 2012 license structure details for nonresident waterfowl, tundra swan, and special Canada goose hunting seasons, with the same structure as 2011.

Hunting dates for most of those waterfowl seasons will not be finalized until early August, and will be based on the season framework provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

First Buffalo Calf of the Season Spotted at Custer State Park, South Dakota

The first buffalo calf of the spring, a heifer, in Custer State Park was spotted on April 7, 2012. It was found by park staff in the south end of the park near the south fork of Lame Johnny Creek.

The park has about 900 head of bison going into the spring and is expecting around 400 calves. The herd size should be around 1,300 at the Annual Buffalo Roundup in September.

Genetic Analysis from "Minco Mountain Lion" Confirms Ties to South Dakota

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recently confirmed origins of the mountain lion struck and killed by a motorist in November 2011 near Minco.

South Dakota Hunters Warned of Spring Fire Danger

Fire danger is often a concern for hunters taking the field in the autumn, but conditions this spring in South Dakota have officials warning turkey hunters to help prevent forest and range fires.

South Dakota Elk Hunting Seasons Proposed

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has proposed several changes for South Dakota elk hunting seasons.

The proposals are as follows:

Officials from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Remind South Dakota Landowners and Sportsmen that Gray Wolves Remain Protected in Western South Dakota

Although the gray wolf has recently been removed from federal Endangered Species Act protections in Minnesota and the other Great Lake states, as well as, Montana, Idaho and under consideration in Wyoming the gray wolf remains protected under federal law in western South Dakota. The recent de-listing actions have removed Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf in eastern South Dakota but the wolf remains protected in South Dakota west of the Missouri River.