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GFP News - March 27, 2014

GFP Welcomes Student Archers to NASP Tournament

Pierre, S.D. - Students from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 5th Annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament at the NFAA/Easton Shooting Complex in Yankton, S.D., on April 5.

The tournament, sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), will begin at 8 a.m. CT and conclude with a trophy ceremony at the end of the day. Over 600 youth from across the state will compete for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners will receive trophies and the overall individual winners will also be awarded a free bow. Students who participate in NASP within their schools or home school program are eligible for the competition.

"It is gratifying to see schools across the state introduce the sport of archery into their curriculum," said Jason Kool, GFP NASP coordinator. "Studies show students who participate in NASP like school better and attend school more often. NASP is a great partnership between GFP and local school districts."

The public is invited to attend the free event. Individuals who want to volunteer and help with the tournament may contact or call 605.220.2130.

Trout Stocking Near Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. - Rainbow trout will be stocked in the Oahe Marina and at LaFramboise Causeway near Pierre starting the first week of April.

Weather permitting, trout will be released in Oahe Marina and at the LaFramboise Causeway starting Friday, April 4, with additional Friday stockings planned throughout the month. The trout range in size from 9 to 11 inches.

The Oahe Marina is located just below the Oahe Dam off SD Highway 1806 north of Fort Pierre. LaFramboise Causeway can be found by following Poplar Avenue south toward the Missouri River. 

Mountain Lion Season Set to Close

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota mountain lion hunting season will close one half hour after sunset, Monday, March 31.

The season's framework allowed for the harvest of 75 lions (or 50 female lions) within the Black Hills Fire Protection District. At the time of this release, 52 lions (31 female lions) have been harvested.

"This season and harvest numbers are comparable to last year’s season," said John Kanta, GFP regional wildlife manager.  "Over 3,000 licenses were sold for this season. This mountain lion hunting season is a great opportunity for many hunters to spend some time in the field during the winter months when most other seasons are closed."

Kanta said that 9 lions were harvested in Custer State Park, including 8 during the periods where hounds were allowed for hunting the elusive lions.

The statewide mountain lion hunting season, excluding the Black Hills area, will remain open rear-round, with no harvest limits. At this time, one lion has been harvested outside of the Black Hills.

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