South Dakota Non-Resident Furbearer Changes Proposed

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Nonresidents purchasing licenses to trap furbearing animals in South Dakota would be limited to a 28-day period under a proposed rule by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

The proposal would limit nonresidents to any 28-consecutive-day period from the first Saturday in December through March 15 to trap furbearing animals in South Dakota. Significantly, the commission would close the nonresident season March 15. Currently, nonresidents may trap most furbearing animals until April 30.

Additional information is available on the GFP website.

Those who wish to provide written comments on the proposal may do so until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD, 57501, or e-mailed to

Each comment must have the sender's full name and address in order to be included in the public record.

Comments may also be presented in person at the public hearing in Watertown during the Game, Fish and Parks Commission's next meeting, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Ramkota.


hunter25's picture

I wonder how many non

I wonder how many non resident hunters actually buy furbearer permits or actually do any trapping in another state. Trapping is basically gone here in Colorado and you can tell by the number of beaver dams that have popped up over the last several years. I have never bought a permit because the cost is usually so high for a non resident. I have seen a few badgers in Wyoming I would have liked to be able to shoot but have never had the license becuse it's well over a 100 dollars and the odds are against being able to use it. I've seen 2 badgers in 5 years so that would have been over 700 dollars for the pair. If some of these were a little cheaper or offered in a 5 day or something like a small game license I would get one every time. They could make a little money off of me instead of none.