GFP News - march 23, 2015
GFP Seeking Comments on Current
Pheasant Management Plan
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2009-2014 pheasant management plan prior to drafting the next five-year plan for 2015-2020.
“The current pheasant management plan focused on fostering a partnership-driven approach for habitat development while ensuring public access opportunities are available for all outdoorsmen and women who enjoy pheasant hunting in South Dakota,” stated Tony Leif, director of the Division of Wildlife.
All individuals interested in pheasant management in South Dakota have from now through April 10, 2015, to provide suggestions and comments on the plan in its current form.
The current pheasant management plan can be found online at: http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/pheasant-mgmt-plan.pdf.
Written comments on the plan can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received by April 10, 2015, and include your full name and city of residence. To request a printed copy of the plan, please call 605.353.7145.
Trout Release Near Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. â€“ In an annual right of spring, thousands of catchable-sized trout will be released by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) at Oahe Downstream in the coming weeks.
Beginning April 1, 2015, 6,400 11 inch hatchery raised rainbow trout will be released over a two week period. These releases have proven very popular with anglers, young and old, across the region. Later in the fall, 3,200 15 inch hatchery raised rainbow trout will be released.
“The trout are extremely popular with families,” said Bob Hanten, GFP fisheries biologist. “Usually when we get the first, nice, late winter days, my phone starts ringing with people asking when we are going to stock the trout.”
Twenty trout will also be implanted with transmitters to help determine movement patterns of the fish. Biologists aim to get more information to anglers on the availability of the stocked fish and find out where these fish are going after they are released.