South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

Nonresidents would feel brunt of South Dakota archery deer-hunting changes

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed three changes that would impact nonresident archery hunters for the 2019 deer hunting season. In addition, one change was proposed that would impact resident archery hunters. The Commission’s proposal would first impose a delayed start date for nonresident archery deer hunters on public lands, including private land leased by the department…

South Dakota game commission sets elk seasons, reduces licenses

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota’s game commission has rejected giving fewer landowners an advantage for licenses to hunt elk in the Black Hills. The Rapid City Journal reports landowners still need at least 240 acres and 500 elk-use days for a preference license. An elk-use day is any day an elk feeds or waters on private land. One landowner…

South Dakota makes switch to catch-and-release only for muskies

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission changed the harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies from a statewide 40-inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch-and-release only statewide. Currently, South Dakota has five lakes that are managed for muskellunge: Lynn and Middle Lynn in Day county, West Highway 81 in Kingsbury county,…

South Dakota bulking up Black Hills walleye offerings, opportunities

PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks recently stocked walleyes in two Black Hills reservoirs. GFP fisheries staff stocked 14,000 fingerlings in Sheridan Reservoir and 9,500 fingerlings in Stockade Reservoir. These young walleyes averaged five inches in length and came from natural rearing ponds in the northeast part of the state. “Adding walleye into…