GFP, South Dakota State Hunting Hat Promotion Enters Second Year

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A partnership between the South Dakota Game,
Fish and Parks Department and South Dakota State University will
put funds into a research endowment and hats on the heads of

GFP works closely with the SDSU Wildlife Studies Program. Much
of the research done by GFP involves the use of SDSU graduate
students, seasonal help and interns. Two years ago, GFP and SDSU
officials decided to work together to raise money on a research
endowment fund, and in doing so, have hunters show their school and
state pride.

“SDSU is a close working partner in many things we do,” said
GFP’s Chief of Administrative Services Scott Simpson. “The purpose
of the limited-edition, blaze orange hunting hat with SDSU and GFP
logos is to raise money for the Ken Higgins Waterfowl Legacy
Research Endowment and SDSU athletics. It is a natural fit and
raises awareness and funds for wildlife research projects.”

SDSU and GFP sold 1,500 of the orange hats last year, and are
aiming for 2,500 this year.

“We had a great response to our sales last year, and we hope to
build on that success to benefit very worthwhile causes,” said

The hats are being sold at the SDSU bookstore, at football games
and online at:

The hats are $20, with shipping and handling included if ordered
through the bookstore.

The Ken Higgins Waterfowl Legacy Research Endowment provides an
annual research/scholarship award to help supplement
graduate-student research projects with the potential to enhance
the future management or welfare of waterfowl or other
wetland-dependent avian species and/or their habitat in South


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