South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

Trappers Aim to Take Advantage of Pheasant Predator Bounty Program

Trappers get $10 for every predator tail they bring to South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks

SIOUX FALLS—-Hunters have been lining their pockets one trap at a time. “People are able to trap these animals, bring the tails in and collect on a bounty on those from the department,” said South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks South Eastern Regional Resource Supervisor Josh Delger. Pheasant nest predators are considered to be raccoons, striped skunks, badgers, possums, and…

Floods Creating Problems For South Dakota State Parks

LAKE ANDES, S.D. – Flooding continues to create problems for state parks around the Sioux Empire. North Point Recreation Area, near Lake Andes, has dealt with flooding since the mid-April snow storms. Conditions have gotten worse since then due to heavy rains, with beaches, campsites, and other amenities under water. Right now, much of the park is inaccessible. Lake Francis…

Car Vs. Wildlife Crashes Increase During Fall Season

S.D.-Last week a Sioux Falls man died after swerving to avoid a deer in the road. Unfortunately this is a dangerous time of year for drivers because a lot of wildlife is moving around. It’s now harvest season, but you might as well say it’s deer season as well. According to data from the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the most…

Game, Fish & Parks Offering Free Outdoor Cooking Classes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Game, Fish and Parks is offering a variety of free classes to children and adults to learn how to cook outdoors. Naturalist for Game, Fish and Parks Jen Nuncio says they’ve had a great turnout this summer for their classes. Nuncio says safety is the biggest lesson they emphasize in the courses. Students don’t have to bring…

State Parks, Recreation Areas To Hold Cooking Classes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State parks and recreation areas around South Dakota are set to hold cooking classes. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says the Saturday classes will teach the basic skills and safety precautions of making meals outdoors and give a hands-on cooking experience. Key lessons will include campfire, grilling and Dutch oven safety. Lynn Spomer, state park…

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…

Fishing Brings Big Catch For South Dakota

Study By GFP Shows Industry Supports Multi-Million Dollar Impact

YANKTON, S.D.—There are millions of days spent in South Dakota like this Saturday at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in Yankton. Literally. Data compiled by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks over the last year shows more than three million days were spent on their managed waters. Yankton resident Dave Mingo said the fishing opportunities in the state continually get…