GFP News - April 16, 2013
- Elk Seasons Finalized
- Nonresident Waterfowl License Numbers, Tundra Swan Season Finalized
- State Park Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend Taking Registrations
Elk Seasons Finalized
WINNER, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized several elk-hunting seasons for 2013.
Archery elk hunters will have 92 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses available for the season. The 2013 Archery Elk Season will run from Sept. 1-30.
The Black Hills Firearms Elk Hunting Season will run from Oct. 1-31 for the "any" elk license holders. Antlerless elk seasons will run from Oct. 16-31 and Dec. 1-15. Black Hills Firearms Elk hunters will have 620 licenses available, comprised of 445 "any" and 175 "antlerless" licenses.
The Prairie Elk Season will have 45 "any" elk and 51 "antlerless" elk licenses available, which is four less than 2012. Other changes from 2012 are:
- Boyd County, Nebraska will no longer be part of Unit 30.
- The season dates for Unit 30A will run from Sept. 1 - Dec. 31.
- The season dates for Unit 11B will run from Sept. 1 through the Friday before the third Saturday in October (2013 season dates are Sept. 1 - Oct. 18)
- Unit 11D was added with season dates of Sept. 1-Dec. 31.
GFP staff presented the Commission with results of a Black Hills-wide aerial elk count and the history of the elk hunting seasons in the Black Hills. That presentation can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpgIvK1LtrQ
Nonresident Waterfowl License Numbers, Tundra Swan Season Finalized
WINNER, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the number of licenses available for nonresident waterfowl hunters for the 2013 season, with no changes from 2012.
The maximum number of nonresident waterfowl licenses to be issued by a lottery system is 4,000 special nonresident waterfowl licenses, 2,000 early fall Canada goose temporary nonresident licenses, 2,000 fall three-day temporary nonresident licenses, and 10,000 spring snow goose temporary nonresident licenses.
South Dakotaâ€™s waterfowl season dates will not be set until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides the federal framework for the 2013 seasons in late July.
The Commission also finalized the 2013 Special Goose Season for Bennett County. Like 2012, 800 resident three-tag and 25 nonresident two-tag licenses will be available. The Special Goose Season will run from Oct. 19-Dec 22.
The 2013 Tundra Swan Season was finalized and will run from Sept. 28 through the end of the light goose hunting season; 1,100 resident and 200 nonresident single tag licenses will be available.
State Park Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend Taking Registrations
PIERRE, S.D. -- Roy Lake State Park near Lake City will host the Becoming an Outdoor Family weekend June 28-30.
The event is designed for beginning camping families, families that would like to try new outdoor activities, and those who enjoy the company of like-minded families.
"Becoming an Outdoor Family is a great opportunity to try different activities, learn new skills, and spend a weekend outdoors with your family," said Emilie Miller, program specialist for South Dakota state parks. "It's also a great opportunity to meet other families with similar interests."
Workshop fees are $50 per family. The fee includes instruction in three skills sessions, program materials, equipment use during the workshop, and an electric campsite for two nights. A campsite reservation will be made for participating families, but they must provide their own camper or tent.
A park entrance license is required to enter the park and is not included in the registration fee.
Session choices include archery, bio-diversity, shooting sports, dog training, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, disc golf and Dutch oven cooking. On Sunday morning, the group will meet at nearby Fort Sisseton Historical State Park and experience several period activities, including rope making, gold panning and wagon rides. All ages are welcome to take part.
To register for the Becoming an Outdoor Family program, fill out a registration form and mail the form and payment to: South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Becoming an Outdoor Family, 523 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501. Registration forms are available online at http://gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/BOF.aspx or by calling 605-773-3391.