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GFP News - October 9, 2013


Hunting/Fishing License Fee Changes Proposed

SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed increases to a number of hunting and fishing license fees to help the agency keep pace with increased costs.

Aside from a $1 increase mandated a year ago by legislation that authorized an increase in certain license fees for animal damage control programs, broad changes have not been made to hunting and fishing license fees since 2005. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, inflation in that time has risen 20 percent.

Along with inflationary reasons, the Commission cited the rising costs of state-provided health care for GFP employees as driving the need for an increase.

An additional proposal by the Commission would expand the current $5 fee for preference points.

Currently, a $5 fee is assessed to big game license applicants who do not wish to draw a license but wish to add a preference point from the first lottery drawing for deer, antelope, turkey, waterfowl and paddlefish licenses. The proposal would provide for a $5 resident and $10 nonresident fee for any unsuccessful applicant wishing to add a preference point in a future first lottery drawing for licenses in these hunting seasons. Applicants would have the option of declining the preference point and therefore not pay the preference point fee.

The proposed rule changes for license fees will be finalized at the Nov. 7 – 8 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wildinfo@state.sd.us . Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 6. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.
For those who would like to comment in person on these proposed rule changes, the GFP Commission will host a public hearing beginning at 2 p.m. CST as part of their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Resident Proposed Fee Changes
Nonresident Proposed Fee Changes

 

2014 Fishing Rule Changes Proposed

SPEARFISH, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed several rule changes for 2014 centering on fishing, spearing fish and the taking of bait.

Rule changes for consideration include:

The proposed rule changes will be finalized at the Nov. 7-8 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wildinfo@state.sd.us . Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 6. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.
For those who would like to comment in person on these proposed rule changes, the GFP Commission will host a public hearing beginning at 2 p.m. CST as part of their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7.

 

Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection

PIERRE, S.D. - Fisheries staff with the Game, Fish and Parks Department have opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station for the 2013 season.

Anglers experienced low catches of salmon in 2013 and GFP personnel expect the annual fall collection of salmon eggs to be challenging due to the effects of the 2011 flood.

"We are still in the rebuilding stages of the salmon population following the 2011 flood. The majority of our adult and juvenile salmon were lost through Oahe Dam." Robert Hanten, fisheries biologist for the GFP said. "Currently there is a low number of 3-year-old female salmon in the lake which are the bulk of the egg producing stock. This will make egg collection efforts difficult."

Fisheries crews will be electrofishing on Lake Oahe in an attempt to capture additional adult salmon for egg collection.

Chinook salmon do not naturally reproduce in Lake Oahe and would not exist there without the efforts of GFP staff who collect eggs, raise young salmon in state hatcheries and stock them back into the lake for anglers to enjoy.

Each year juvenile Chinook salmon are stocked in middle and lower Lake Oahe. They then disperse throughout the reservoir until they become sexually mature. The flowing water down the fish ladder attracts mature fish to the station where GFP personnel collect, sort and spawn the salmon.

The Oahe salmon fishery has become very popular with anglers. Surveys show many anglers travel over 200 miles one-way for the chance to catch a hard fighting Chinook salmon.

Whitlock Bay Salmon Station is located 18 miles northwest of Gettysburg by West Whitlock Recreation Area. The station is open for tours from 9 - 11 a.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during October. Tours will not be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, but on Wednesday, Oct. 16, instead. The fish ladder observation deck is open to the public at any time. Group tours can also be arranged by calling 605.223.7681.

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