hunting

Lowest Number of Lions Killed in 10 Years

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota officials say the mountain lion hunting season has ended with the lowest number of animals taken in 10 years. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks says 21 mountain lions were killed this season, which starts Dec. 26 and ends March 31. This year’s harvest number follows back-to-back seasons where fewer than 35 lions were…

Student Says Gun Accidentally Fired in Dorm Room

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A South Dakota State University student could face discipline after a gun accidentally fired in a campus dorm room. University spokesman Mike Lockrem says the student was cleaning his gun after hunting and it discharged last week. No one was injured. Lockrem says having a gun on campus is against the university’s policy. Categories: Local News, News…

Ensuring Everyone Can Get Out and Enjoy the Hunt

The Flandreau-based wildlife refuge offering those with disabilities a chance to be in the field

The weather should be almost perfect for a group of hunters set to head out Saturday morning, into a private wildlife preserve just north of Flandreau. Even if the conditions are a little rough, the opportunity is still very exciting for the group of 18 hunters and the volunteers that will be going with them, because getting out into the…

Sanford International Golfers Go Pheasant Hunting

EMERY, S.D. – The Sanford International Golf Tournament is plenty fun, but sometimes it’s nice to get competitive off the golf course. You can hear the sounds of gunshots from far away, but also, the laughs. “ got some good friendships so it’s a good way to get out and enjoy the outdoors, have some fun, and then shoot some…

Hunting Accident Takes Minnesota Man’s Life

WORTHINGTON, Minn. – A Worthington man has died in a hunting accident in southwestern Minnesota. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area around 6:45 a.m. Saturday. When first responders arrived they found 39-year-old Jeffrey Dean Nickel was dead. No other details were released. Categories: Local News, News Tags: Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area,…

Rapid City Man Charged in Mountain Lion Case

William Colson VI faces charges of illegal hunting

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man accused of illegally hunting mountain lions by baiting them with dead deer has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors related to prohibited hunting and unlawful possession of a big game animal. Each offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. William Colson VI also has pleaded guilty…

Hunter Shot in the Nose

73-year-old from Wisconsin survives after being hit by someone in his hunting party

FORESTBURG, S.D. (AP) – A Wisconsin man survived being shot in the nose while pheasant-hunting in South Dakota. South Dakota’s Department of Game, Fish and Parks says the 73-year-old man was shot in the left nostril by another hunter in his group on Sunday afternoon on private land near Forestburg. The Daily Republic reports that the man was taken to…

Higher Risk For Sex Trafficking During Big Events Like Hunting Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people are coming into the state for pheasant hunting season. But with that, may come some unwanted activity. The Executive Director at Call To Freedom, a nonprofit geared toward helping sex trafficking victims, says with as big of an event as hunting is, more sex trafficking can happen in the area. However, it’s hard…

Busy Pheasant Season Ahead Despite Predictions of Lackluster Hunt

Pheasants Forever encourages hunters need to keep at it, birds are out there

Matt Morlock with Pheasants Forever joined KDLT in studio Friday to preview the opening of the 2017 Pheasant Hunting Season. He acknowledged the numbers are down but said the birds are out there, hunters may just need to stay at it longer given the reduced population and that many of the corn fields have yet to be harvested so they’ve…

New Partnership Promotes Hunting Ahead Of Pheasant Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new partnership between sporstmen, retailers and business leaders is promoting hunting throughout South Dakota. “Hunting Works for South Dakota” is working to educate the public and policy makers about the effect of the hunting industry on the economy. The organization is co-chaired by several business leaders and directors of convention and visitors bureaus from across…

South Dakota To Get More Pheasant Hunting Preserves

South Dakota will get almost 20 more private shooting preserves this year, which will cover an additional 18,000 acres of land. The Capital Journal reports that the shooting preserves typically serve nonresident pheasant hunters who are looking for high bird numbers. Jennelle Blaha is the preserve-program coordinator for the state Game, Fish and Parks Department. She says economic recovery and…

South Dakota Officials: More Pronghorns Mean More Hunting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota wildlife officials have decided that a growing pronghorn population justifies a slight increase in the number of hunting licenses available for the next two years. The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Commission decided Thursday it will issue resident hunters over 900 more buck-antelope hunting licenses and 1,400 more…

Committee Approves Bill Restoring Access to 30 Lakes

Lawmakers met to craft solution in response to battle between landowners and sportsmen

A South Dakota legislative panel endorses a set of rules allowing outdoor enthusiasts to use private land for recreation. The committee voted 13 to 2 Friday to pass a bill that would restore access to nearly 30 lakes for public recreation.  Game, Fish & Parks was initially forced to cut off access after a state Supreme Court decision.  The bill…

South Dakota To Release Fewer Deer Hunting Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department wants to cut the number of deer hunting licenses and tags available for the next two years by more than 10,000. The Capital Journal reports that proposals presented Thursday would cut doe licenses more drastically, with the East River seeing a 44 percent reduction to just under 13,000…

Over One Thousand Stolen Snow Goose Decoys Recovered

Authorities Say Social Media Helped Track Down The Suspects

A couple weeks ago, sheriff’s deputies learned hunting equipment was stolen in northwestern Minnehaha County. It wasn’t a report to “gaggle” about. 1200 snow goose decoys, with blinds and electronic devices included, were stolen in the night from a field on private property. Captain Jason Gearman with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said a grand total of $10,000 of equipment belonging…