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GFP News - september 11, 2017


 

custer state park to host annual buffalo roundup and arts festival

Pierre, S.D. -The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 52nd annual Buffalo Roundup and 24th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month.

The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 29. The Arts Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 30.

"Each year, the Buffalo Roundup brings up to 20,000 spectators from around the world to Custer State Park to view the park’s 1,300 buffalo and watch the Old West come alive," said Katie Ceroll, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. "To have an arts festival with more than 125 arts and craft exhibitors means that there will be no shortage of entertainment this year for the entire family."

The parking areas for the Roundup, located near the corrals along the Wildlife Loop Road, open at 6:15 a.m. MDT and close at 9 a.m. MDT on Sept. 29. For safety reasons, spectators need to remain in the viewing areas until all the buffalo are corralled which typically occurs around noon.

The annual Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Arts Festival takes place near the State Game Lodge.

The grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center will take place Thursday, Sept. 28. This historic building previously housed the Custer State Park Visitor Center; it has been renovated to become the new Outdoor Education Center.

"While the Buffalo Roundup’s primary purpose is herd management, it also provides our visitors an experience that is unique in the entire world," said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. "We hear from visitors around the globe about how incredible it is to watch the bison thunder over the rolling prairie. It’s something they never forget and provides great storytelling and organic word-of-mouth marketing about our state."

A state park entrance license is required on Thursday and Saturday, but there is no cost to attend the Buffalo Roundup or Arts Festival on Friday. Share this year’s event photos with us and let others who cannot attend take in the experience with you by using #SDintheField and #BuffaloRoundup when posting images to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Next year’s Buffalo Roundup will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

To learn more about the event, visit custerstatepark.com, call 605.255.4515 or email CusterStatePark@state.sd.us.

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custer state park set to re-open peter norbeck building

Custer State Park, S.D. - Custer State Park officials will host the grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Sept 28. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival.

This historic building previously housed the Custer State Park Visitor Center. It has been renovated to become the new Outdoor Education Center.

"The goal of this building is to inspire more visitors, especially younger visitors, to feel comfortable exploring nature," said Custer State Park superintendent Matt Snyder.

The new exhibits include outdoor classrooms with building, art and digging areas, as well as a mine. The new indoor exhibits include a life-size oak tree, a prairie dog town with its own burrow to crawl through and a cave to explore.

The Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The building is located near the State Game Lodge on Highway 16A in Custer State Park.

 

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input requested on current duck huntingt regulations

Pierre, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently reaching out to duck hunters asking for input on current hunting season regulations, primarily season dates, bag limits and hunting zone boundaries.

Public meetings that include a short presentation, a question/answer session and a short survey will be held at the following locations:

For those not able to attend a public meeting, the presentation and survey will be available at gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/ducks.aspx. The online survey will be available until November 15.

South Dakota is home to numerous wetlands and waterfowl hunting opportunities. The information obtained from these meetings and results of the survey will be used in developing recommendations for future hunting seasons.

 

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gfp to host fall events

Pierre, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating fall by hosting events in state parks this weekend.

Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, Saturday, Sept. 16, 1-5 p.m. CT. The event will include an obstacle course, outdoor cooking, mini golf, crafts, games, BB gun shooting and archery. Info: 605.668.2985.

Harvest Festival, Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls, Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. CT. Welcome fall by harvesting the garden at Good Earth and celebrate the changing of the seasons. Info: 605.213.1036

Harvest Fest, Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. CT. Spend an afternoon at the fort watching horse-drawn implements work the field and experiencing the changing of the seasons with horses and hay rides. Info: 605.448.5474

See the events calendar online for more information, gfp.sd.gov.

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GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.

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