GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several furbearer seasons at their meeting last week. These furbearer seasons remain unchanged and will run under the same season structure as last year.

The skunk, opossum, jackrabbit, fox, raccoon and badger seasons will all be open statewide and year-round. The mink and weasel trapping season will run statewide from Nov. 1, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016.

The muskrat trapping season will run year-round for all areas of the state west of the Missouri River, except within the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79 and from Nov. 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016, for all areas of the state east of the Missouri River and portions of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79.

The muskrat hunting season will run statewide from April 1 - Aug. 31, 2015. Only landowners and lessees, including School and Public Lands surface lease holders, on land they own or operate and state, county, or township highway officials within public road rights-of-way are allowed to take muskrats during the season. Non-toxic shot is required for shotguns.

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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