GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to NonResident Waterfowl Hunting

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the 2015 nonresident waterfowl hunting season at their May meeting.

The Commission discussed the 12 recommendations from the nonresident waterfowl work group and adopted them as a proposal. Those recommendations include:

  1. Add Spink County to current nine-county northeast SD license unit.
  2. Retain the allocation of 500 three-day licenses for the NE SD license unit.
  3. Allocate 2,000 10-day licenses for the NE SD license unit.
  4. Allocate 1,750 10-day licenses for the unit comprised of that part of the state not included in the NE SD and SE SD license units.
  5. Remove Potter County from the central SD three-day license unit.
  6. Create a new nonresident license unit in northcentral SD to include Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Faulk, Edmunds and McPherson Counties.
  7. Allocate 250 three-day licenses to this new unit in north central SD that would be transferred from the central SD hunting unit.
  8. Reduce the license allocation for the central SD hunting unit to 1200 licenses.
  9. Transfer 50 three-day licenses from the central SD unit to the existing 5-county unit in southeastern SD along the Missouri River.
  10. Absorb the current Bennett County 10-day license into the unit comprised of that part of the state not included in the NE and SE units.
  11. Remove the restriction in SE SD on nonresidents hunting during the September Canada goose hunting season.
  12. Create 100 nonresident youth waterfowl licenses (25 season-long licenses in the SE SD unit and 75 10-day licenses valid in the rest of the state).

The Commission also proposed to create 100 nonresident youth waterfowl licenses, valid for the youth waterfowl hunting season and to establish a fee for these licenses at $10.

In addition, the Commission proposed to repeal the special Canada goose hunting season for Bennett County and place into Unit 2 of the regular goose hunting season.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their June 4-5, 2015, meeting at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre. Written comments can be sent to [email protected]. To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on June 4. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence. If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 4, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre.

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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