Early Goose hunting Season and August Management Take Season finalized

April 8, 2016 | By: SD GFP

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2016 early goose hunting season with two changes from 2015; changing the start date of the season from Sept. 1 to the first Saturday in September and to modify the boundaries of Units 1 and 2 by adding portions of Yankton, Clay and Union counties near the Missouri River to Unit 2. To view unit boundaries, visit http://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx.

Only areas in Unit 1 are open to the early fall Canada goose season, which will run from Sept. 3-30 in 2016 and Sept. 2-30 in 2017. This season has a daily limit of 15 and a possession limit of 45.

The Commission also removed Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Grant, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Spink, Turner and Union counties from open areas for the August Management Take. This will leave Pennington County west of the Cheyenne River as the only open area to hunt Canada geese during the Aug. 20-31 dates.

The August Management Take will allow for a daily bag of 15 geese, no possession limit and is open to residents only.

Columnist: SD GFP

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks manages SD's wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the benefit of the people of this state and its visitors.  

For more information or to apply for hunting or fishing licenses online,  visit:  gfp.sd.gov

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