Commission meeting archives
July 2014 Commission Meeting
July 8-9, 2014
Ft. Pierre, SD
Minutes of July Regular meeting approved
Additional Commissioner salary days
- Commissioner Philips had 1 day
- Commissioner Gary Jensen had 2 days
License lists requests
- Lee's meats in Tea is a wild game processor. They are requesting the license list of successful deer license applicants. Usually looking for 4,000 license holders in specific zip codes. This is a full fee request. Approved
- Delta Waterfowl Foundation is looking for waterfowl license holders. This is a reduced fee request of $100. Approved
- Dakota Plains Taxidermy, of Kimball, requesting "any elk" license holders. This is a full fee request. Approved
License sales report
- Focusing on resident and nonresident fishing licenses so far and they have been tracking well above 2013. As 80% of these licenses will have been sold by end of July, we will start leveling off and begin tracking other license types in the coming months.
- Sal Roseland-R and R Farms petitioning the Commission for an unlimited daily limit of pheasants. Commission will work with preserves on petition to bring up something for next month's meeting.
Fall Turkey Hunting Season
- Change in proposal to decrease number of any turkey licenses to 50 in Union county
- Season Dates Nov 1, 2014-Jan 31, 2015
- BH1 tags 750 resident and 60 non resident
- ER 785 single any turkey and 50 2 tag
- WR unlimited res and non res single tag licenses
- NWTF of SD voted to close fall turkey season down completely via written testimony. At very least closure of season during November.
- Commission proposed to amend: total licenses one hunter can get would be 2 for fall turkey season.
- Passed as amended.
- Move to continue the hearing for the fall turkey season to August.
- Finalization will take place in August.
Antelope Hunting Season
- 2,766 licenses are available; 2705 resident and 61 nonresident
- Oct 4-19 season dates
- Decrease of 925 licenses from 2013
- With low populations, we are in restrictive so 2% of tags go to nonresidents
- Proposal to amend to repeal preference point unit.
- Amendment passed
- Proposal passes
- Sept 1-30
- Daily limit of 15
- Boundaries have been amended to units 1 and 2
- Adding Custer, Fall River and Pennington Co. to Unit 2
- A portion of western Perkins Co. to unit 1
- Commission passes as proposed
Abandoned Game at a Wildlife Processing Facility
- Allow a wildlife processor to donate game to a nonprofit organization if, after an agreed upon, and publicized period of time, if game hasn't been collected.
- Commissioner Cooper asked staff to look into the eligibility of someone like a raptor center.
- Amendment from proposal... no migratory bird may be considered abandoned.
- Amendment passes.
- Proposal passed as amended.
Replacement of lost or stolen license
- Department receives hundreds of requests from people who have left a license at home, lost a big game license, etc. This would allow a process to get them a license through different channels.
- Passed as proposed.
Restrictions on use of firearms and bows in parks
- This proposal would allow for the addition of crossbows in parks during the rifle hunting season.
- With the addition of the crossbow as a legal method of take during the firearms season, the crossbow needs to be added in rule.
- Passed as proposed.
Definition of licensing agents
- This rule would add parks entrance licenses to the available licenses an authorized license agent could sell.
- In the past, vendors have sold park entrances licenses, but it was not named in rule. This is a simple cleanup to the rule. Commission passed as proposed.
Division of Parks and Recreation
City of Mobridge Waterfront lease amendment
- Dept. took over lease from Corps 5 years ago
- Much cleanup has occurred
- 10 new pistol and rim fire lanes
- New shelters and berms
- Parks maintains facilities, city does enforcement and insurance
- Funded by parks and wildlife,Â PR, NRA grant
- National guard did dirt work as training exercise
- Sports clubs provide volunteers for minor maintenance, cleaning, trash work, etc.
- Insurance costs have risen significantly
- City has requested the facility be state insured due to high costs
- Parks is agreeable with the insurance, if city will continue to provide law enforcement
- Commission approved as proposed
- Schematic design for interpretive display completed in last couple of weeks
- Split rock got that bid
- Challenge to mesh the design of the building, theatre, displays, with the budget
- CMAR process is being used
- Contractor is involved in the designing process
- Hire the construction manager at front end
- Construction manager knows that he will be guaranteeing a price before it goes to bid that won't exceed your budget.
- CMAR speeds up the schedule of building
- State engineer invited proposals, received 4
- June 24-building committee interviewed top 2
- Scull construction received the bid
- Next meeting is July 10
- Complete schematic phase in july
- Move to design phase in august.
Good Earth State Park
- Building committee met in June and approved schematic design for info center, roads and interpretive displays
- State engineering office is working with HDR to finalize plans that will be used to bid this project in late fall or early next spring
- Letting a contract in August to go in and scrape 18 inches of black dirt in the area of construction
- This will be monitored by archeologist and tribal contractor and insure that we are not building in a sensitive area. Archeology has been done in the area, but this is another safeguard.
- 2015 will be a construction year
- Trail system is being built currently
- By law passed this session. Bonds can be up to 3 million
- 1 million for CSP
- 2 million for Good Earth
- Early this fall SDSU will be issuing bonds, Dept. will essentially join with those bonds and get a cheaper rate
- 2.2 million of bonds will be issued
- Need a resolution from the commission to execute, the issuance of bonds
- Commission approved resolution
- Sale price was set for 3.7 million via appraisal
- Required minimums were set
- Deadline for proposals were June 30
- Received 2 bids
- One proposal did not meet the minimum
- One did not include required paperwork
- Hoping to work with proposals and have a recommendation for the commission in august
Southeast SD Park flooding issues
- Many of the parks in the southeastern portion of the state received flooding damage. Nothing too major.
- Many county roads into parks are currently being worked on
- Several parks needed cleanup, some road work
- Parks and wildlife staff worked with other volunteers
June revenue and visitation
- 11% up year to date
Division of Wildlife
Canada Goose Hunting Season
- Light goose Sept 27- Dec 21
- White fronts sept 27 - Dec
- Unit 1Â Oct 1 - Dec 16
- Unit 2 Nov 3 - Feb 15, 2015
- Unit 3 Jan 10-18, 2015
- Recommended change for light goose daily limit increased from 20 to 50
- Change unit 2 so the season is open for 105 days preceding the Sunday closest to Feb 15
- Would entail starting the season on a Monday.
- This would allow for a full weekend at the end of the season, when there are birds in the area.
- Commission approved as proposed.
Waterfowl hunting season
- Season dates
- High plains: Oct 11 - Jan 5
- Low plains north and low: Sept 27 - Dec 9
- Low plains south: Oct 11 - Dec 23
- Decrease canvasbacks from 2 to 1
- Allow 2 bonus blue-winged teal for the first 16 days of the duck season
- Commission passed as proposed.
Fall turkey hunting info
- Black Hills model takes in research data, radio telemetry of hens... survival etc of central and southern black hills
- Uses a life stage model
- Model revealed that
- Southern black hills population is growing
- Central hills population is decreasing slightly
- Northern hills population is stable/stagnant
- Spring precipitation had some negative effects but not as badly was thought
- Winter weather did influence survival in northern hills
- Additional simulations indicate fall hen harvest for theÂ black hills region would need to be 12-13% of the hen population for it be additive or decrease the population based on harvest
- Expected fall hen harvest predicted this fall will be negligible and will not influence future turkey populations in the black hills.
- Management recommendations is appropriate based upon research and models
- To address concerns staff did adjusted BH licenses to half of 2013
Andy Lindbloom was awarded the Midwest Association of Wildlife Agencies Biologist of the Year award.
- Net revenue $26,880
- Down some from last year, but that was due to underwriting of rifle giveaways
- Funds that are raised through this program are attached to the money that comes back to the state of SD through the RMEF banquet system.
- $80,000 total
- $20k goes to education
- Rest goes to projects that benefit elk and elk habitat in the black hills
- License is in rule, now valid for any Elk unit in the black hills.
- License is available for any nonprofit org dedicated to wildlife
- RMEF is the only organization to apply for this license
- Commission passed as approved
- Commission asked to give up to 600 depredation permits for all big game other than elk and mountain lion to hunters and 200 to landowners
- Last year, no permits issued for deer, turkey or antelope
- Commission passed as proposed
- Elk depredation permit: last year used 12 hunters to harvest 5 elk on eastern edge of black hills
- Hydro 2 property in the Black Hills had an old power generating plant may be eligible to be registered as a historic place
- Trying to work around those obstacles, shouldn't be too big of an impediment
- Will be using NRDA fund that was established with the cleanup of whitewood Creek to purchase this property.
- Will be using the land banking process-agency that has acquired land in the past with license or partner dollars, value of that land can be put in aÂ land bank and the interest/credit can be used to purchase land via the 1/4 match.
- Waterfowl studies have been done extensively - upland birds, very little is known
- Most studies done on doves and quail - none have been done on pheasants
- Lack of data on overall prevalence rate among wild populations of pheasants
- 3 years ago a study was created
- Three sites all in Lyman county on high intensity properties in SD
- Used digitized maps with land use and hunting use
- Collected soil samples from each site
- Each soil sample then washed through a test sieve
- Collected all hunter harvested wild birds
- Gizzards then collected from wild birds
- Gizzards were then x-rayed
- Many pellets were from shot birds
- Any pellets found, gizzards were necropsied
- Study site 2
- Pellet density was heaviest closest to blockers
- 9 of 167 had ingested at least one pellet 5%
- Study site 3
- Again density heaviest closest to blockers 10,000 pellets per acre
- 17 of 493 had ingested pellets 3.5 %
- Study site 1-non preserve
- 1300 gizzards were collected-bird cleaning processors and staff
- 10 contained ingested lead pelletsÂ .75%
- 1116 no restriction 9 had ingested
- 150 samples on nontoxic lands 1 had ingested
- Results are similar to previous studies
- First study to explain lead distribution spatially - higher prevalence on preserve birds
- Study also used captive pheasant hens to force feed lead pellets
- One group got one pellet
- One group got 3 pellets
- No pheasants died from the lead pellets after 21 days
- Pheasants are less effected than waterfowl and doves by lead
- More likely to ingest lead on preserves than off
- Populations more influenced by habitat conditions and weather than lead poisoning
- But elevated lead could reduce survival, effect reproduction, is preventable and could harm other birds such as raptors
- Teamwork award-Eileen Dowd Stukel lead team
- Casey Heilmer, Silka Kempema, Dave ode, Chelsey Pasbrig, Chelsea Krause, Heather Berg and Dave Freidel
- Public Service Award - John Lott
- 3 year co-op study with Dr. Giggliotti
- Online only
- Study looked at online only bias, and how can we correct it
- Demographic variables are different with gender and age
- Used almost 40,000 anglers - Got 11,257 responses
- Last year we had 2.6 million angler days, 2.1 million resident angler days
- 55% in boat, 34% shore, 10% ice, 1% spear/archery
- Resident 50% of fishing is done in boat
- 70% of non residents prefer walleye,
- Anglers harvested approx. 2.7 million walleyes
- Record levels of harvest for walleyes
- Perch 1.2 million harvested
- 250,000 pike harvested
- 170,000 trout harvested - down by nearly half since 1999
- 411,000 catfish/bullheads
- 70% overall satisfaction of anglers
- 50% of anglers used website
- 84% of residents 91% of anglers thought our customer service was either very good or good.
- Multiple seasons-unique among many states
- Application restrictions
- After 3rd drawing-first come first serve
- 42,000 had one buck
- 10,000 had 2 buck
- 3200 had 3-10 buckÂ licenses
- 60,000 firearm hunters put in for 42,000 buck tags
- 17,000 archers last year
- 3301 archery only
- 37,000 applied for only one season
- 13,000 applied for 2 seasons
- 50 applied for all of our deer seasons
- 80% of archers apply for firearms season
- Landowner preference
- Three types
- Landowner preference, 50% of allocated tags for each unit
- Landowner own-land, cannot have a valid buck tag, half price, do not come out of the pool of licenses
- Free landowner antlerless
- Possible changes?
- Several parties have suggested change is needed
- Buck license exceeds supply
- No possible modification that would satisfy 100% of deer hunter demand for buck licenses
- Alternatives discussed
- No change
- Combine all firearms seasons into one season (ER, WR, BH, CSP, MZ, RFG)
- Choose a preferred season amongst ER, WR, BH
- 1st draw-choose preferred licenses
- 1st draw preference choose
- All seasons retain identity and dates
- No change to leftover license process
- All deer drawings would occur at the same time
- Select preferred license 1-3 (number needs to be determined)
- Cant apply for 2 units of the same season in the 1st draw
- Firearms only
- Upsides: Simplify drawing process, reduce competition, more hunters will draw preferred license
- Downsides: Limit hunters from obtaining the number of licenses in the past, cannot verify structure
- What if we included archery season?
- Question, why are archery buck licenses guaranteed
- Should deer hunters choosing to archery hunt not have to make preferred choice
- At the end of the day, would creating an archery season make more progress towards allocating preferred licenses
- Adding archery makes it more complex
- Archery ideas
- Quota for archery tags
- Include archery as one of the first choice selections AND
If archery season not listed as a choice in 1st draw, not eligible to purchase archery license whether successful or unsuccessful for licenses listed as first choices OR
If archery season is not a first choice and unsuccessful for at least one of first two, then you are allowed to purchase archery license after first draw
- Upsides: simplifies, further reduce competition, more deer hunters would draw preferred licenses
- Downsides: Limit some hunters from obtaining past licenses, would more hunters apply for firearms season rather than archery, cannot verify results of alternatives
- Plans to go to Alberta and get sheep to release in the deadwood area.
- Plans with SDSU for research on this potential herd.
- Plans for July 29 open house meeting in Deadwood.
- Contacting all landowners, big and small, to let them know sheep are coming and fact finding to see if there are any domestic sheep or goats in the area.
- Have had habitat meetings and tours of the area with forest service.
Rocky boy sheep
- 17 sheep monitored
- One adult ewe ended up in CSP, mountain lion got her.
- Remainder of the sheep doing well.
- 14 have stayed in the Hells Canyon.
- All have lambed and all still have their lambs.
Bighorn sheep management team
- Next meeting August 15.
Next Meeting Information:
Next meeting August 7-8
Holiday Inn Express, Ft Pierre