No Elk Contingency Licenses for 2015

July 30, 2015 | By: SD GFP

Earlier this year, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission established a pool of antlerless elk licenses that would be issued only if the range conditions in the Black Hills dictated a need for them. At the upcoming August Commission meeting in Aberdeen, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will recommend that the Commission not authorize issuance of these licenses.

“One component of the elk management plan was the development of elk contingency licenses,” noted Tony Leif, director of the Division of Wildlife. “The intent of these licenses is to lower elk numbers when reduced habitat conditions such as those created by drought dictate a reduction.”

“After a discussion with the U.S. Forest Service late last week, we do not believe the need exists for issuance of the elk contingency licenses this year due to summer precipitation that has provided good forage conditions throughout the Black Hills,” concluded Leif.

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Columnist: SD GFP

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