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After $102,000 sale, GF&P to auction another bighorn license

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FORT PIERRE — For the second year in a row, South Dakota will allow the auction of one hunting license for a ram bighorn sheep.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved the 2014 bighorn season Thursday including the auction plan.

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No one spoke at the public hearing Thursday. Written comments were received earlier.

“We had 17 and all 17 supported the auction,” said Chuck Schlueter, a GF&P public information officer.

The commission accepted GF&P biologists’ recommendation for a total of three licenses, all for rams.

Two are available for South Dakota residents through a random drawing.

One is for a hunting unit in northern Pennington County. The other is for a hunting unit in western Custer County.

The auction license is for the Custer unit as well.

Last year marked the first time that GF&P allowed a ram license to be auctioned. The Midwest chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation sold it for $102,000 at a March 23 event in the Minneapolis area.

Proceeds from the auctions go to sheep management and research by the state Wildlife Division.

Hunters who have drawn bighorn licenses in South Dakota had 100 percent success in recent years. There were five licenses allowed in 2009 and 2010, three in 2011, two in 2012 and three in 2013.

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