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SD Senate calls for new approach to manage waterfowl licenses

PIERRE -- The Legislature would stop earmarking specific numbers of waterfowl licenses for non-resident hunters in South Dakota, and the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission would receive additional authority to allocate them under a plan that received approval Monday by the state Senate.

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Senators voted 33-2 for the measure, which would repeal various current laws designating non-resident waterfowl licenses for specific areas and instead place that power with the state commission.

The commission also could increase the number of nonresident waterfowl licenses by up to 5 percent annually. The total in state law now is 4,000.

HB 1185 must return next to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

The Senate version replaces the legislation passed by the House last month that would have created a new class of special non-resident licenses for former residents of South Dakota.