(Photo by Bob Drieslein)RAPID CITY, S.D. — To John Cooper and Jerry Pier, a coyote hunt is not a shooting gallery. So you won’t find any high-capacity, fast-firing, military style weapons in their coyote-hunting arsenal. What you will find are some smooth-handling, accurate, bolt-action rifles, along with a commitment to making one shot count. And that’s one shot at a…
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks
“It is a success story what the agency has done here, We’ve brought back a population to where we can now have a season again. That’s pretty remarkable.”
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…
But largest was a bruiser that tipped the scales at over 160 pounds.
Last year, the largest hunter-killed bighorn sheep with both Pope and Young Club and Boone and Crockett Club was taken by a bowhunter in the South Dakota Badlands.
The closest breeding population of mountain lions is about 400 miles away, in western South Dakota’s Black Hills.
PIERRE, S.D. — As summer comes to an end and hunting seasons ramp up, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking citizens to make the call to the Turn In Poachers (TIPs) hotline if they observe illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity – as they have, and in force, in the last year. This past year 261 citizens…
Proposal is similar to a current requirement for elk killed in the park.
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…
Antlerless licenses would drop from 1,150 to 700.
For about two decades, South Dakotans battled the public vs. private non-meandered waters issue that led to new legislation and, eventually, the creation of Robling’s main duty.
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,…
License sales down, however, for the state’s highly regarded hunt.
It’s not unheard of for a mountain lion to travel such long distances.PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission did not adopt a proposal that would have expanded the use of hounds to hunt mountain lions, the agency said in a news release Tuesday, Nov. 7. The initial request, through the citizen petition process, asked…
“This is my way of giving back to nature.”
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…
The worst drought in recent memory this past summer has depleted the population of the popular game bird in the two states, where pheasant hunting is big business.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials have found small numbers of Snake River cutthroat trout during sampling. Where they came from a mystery.
EHD was recently confirmed by laboratory analysis in a white-tailed deer in eastern Harding County and a white-tailed deer in western Butte County.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has been providing a way for children ages 10-15 to try the sport before investing in a license and a hunter’s safety course.
Extreme heat, extreme dryness, grass that’s too short and a lack of bugs all conspire to make being a baby bird of the prairie a losing proposition.
Nearly 20 more preserves this year will cover an additional 18,000 acres of land.
Two pairs of peregrines successfully nested in the Black Hills earlier this year, and a third pair was spotted but didn’t appear to have a nest.
Hunters should hope for figures better than the 5.91 to 6.17 average brood sizes seen in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Can it happen?
Wildlife agency will issue resident hunters more than 900 more buck-antelope hunting licenses and 1,400 more doe-antelope licenses in 2017 and 2018 than it did last year, when hunter success reached 70 percent.
South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to close the state’s hunting season on sage grouse after fewer male birds were seen dancing on their mating grounds this year.