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SD: Game Fish Spearing and Archery Permit Requirements

PIERRE, S.D. – The game fish spearing and archery season will
open on June 15 in select waters in the Black Hills, the Missouri
River system and eastern South Dakota lakes and streams.

Beginning in 2011, anglers with a valid fishing license
targeting game fish with a legal spear gun, handheld spear, or
legal bow and arrow are required to also be in possession of a
$5.00 game fish spearing and archery fishing permit. The permit is
NOT required for anglers targeting non-game or rough fish such as
carp and buffalo with the previously mentioned fishing methods.

A listing of game and non-game fish can be found on page 24 of
the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s 2011 Fishing Handbook.
Anglers with an archery paddlefish tag are not required to obtain a
game fish spearing and archery fishing permit to participate in the
archery paddlefish season.

“The game fish spearing and archery fishing permit will allow
our department to better enforce rules regulating these activities
as well as collect better information on this segment of anglers.”
said Geno Adams, Fisheries Program Administrator. Permits are
available for purchase through the Game, Fish and Parks online
licensing system or wherever fishing licenses are sold.

Game fish may be taken from sunrise to sunset throughout the
season, which runs from June 15th through the last day of February.
Non-game or rough fish may legally be taken year-round, any time of
day or night on all inland waters in South Dakota. Please refer to
the 2011 Fishing Handbook for specific waters open to spearing of
game fish and border water regulations.

The handbook can be accessed online at and is
available at most locations where fishing licenses are sold.

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