Use of Trail Cameras and Blinds on Public Lands

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission modified the ability to use trail cameras and portable hunting blinds on public lands at their April meeting.

Portable tree stands, portable blinds and climbing devices that do not utilize nails, wire, or bolts for attachment are allowed from Aug. 25 to Feb. 15, inclusive. Portable blinds may also be used during the spring turkey season.

The Commission also voted to allow trail cameras on public lands owned, leased or controlled by the department; they may be attached to trees, posts or other structures by utilizing no more than one nail, bolt or screw. The name and address or the year and current applicable big game license number of the owner or user must be on the exterior of an unattended trail camera. Trail cams are allowed year round.

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.  

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