Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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SD: GFP Commission Proposes Non-Toxic Requirement for Road Hunting

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission will consider a
proposal next month that would require hunters to shoot non-toxic
shot on all public road rights-of-way open to hunting for small

The issue was raised at the Commission’s March meeting by a
petition seeking to restrict the use of lead shot on rights-of-way
for small game hunting. The petition came from Martin Vanderploeg,
a Bennett County landowner.

The Commission will accept public input on the proposal until a
public hearing that will be held at the April meeting in

“Mr. Vanderploeg offered a petition to take action,” said GFP
Wildlife Division Director Tony Leif. “A petition to take action is
a legal way for citizens to get issues in front of the Commission.
In this case, commissioners voted to initiate the rule-making
process because they believe the petition merits further public
input and discussion prior to a final decision.”

Residents who would like to provide written input on the
proposal may do so until 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. The comments
may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol
Ave., Pierre, SD, 57501, or e-mailed to All
comments 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 GFP Commission
meeting during the public hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
CDT on Thursday, April 7, at the Brandon Holiday Inn Express, 1103
N. Splitrock Blvd.

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