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Raymond Russell Stevens
Vicki Jo Jensen
Corlena Mary Koranda
Harvey V. Terveen
Plenty of ducks, fewer hunters
WILTZ: Come Saturday's duck opener, what are you going to throw at those quackers?
Grouse numbers rise ahead of opener
WILTZ: Old bait-casting reels can be pretty darn handy
Prairie, ruffed, sage grouse seasons open Saturday
August 12, 2016
People want more public land, GF&P told
With recreational use of public lands at record highs, South Dakota has taken another look at expanding. On Aug. 4, the Game, Fish and Parks...
August 12, 2016 - 5:08pm
July 26, 2016
Wildlife may decline due to after-effects of farm bill
The potential future loss of the state's wildlife habitat leaves South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials concerned for the future of wildlife. This year, there were 42,352 acres of South Dakota land submitted by landowners for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during general...
July 26, 2016 - 5:59pm
May 31, 2016
Leave baby wild animals alone, new campaign stresses
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota wildlife official is trying to combat a scene she sees several times every summer: A mom and her children show up carrying a box with holes poked in the top and a baby wild animal inside. The family thinks they've rescued it from apparent abandonment,...
May 31, 2016 - 12:39pm
March 4, 2016
South Dakota wildlife officials propose more elk licenses
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's elk numbers are on the rise, and so might be the number of hunting licenses. The Game, Fish and Parks Department is asking the Game, Fish and Parks Commission to raise the number of elk licenses in all but one of the state's elk hunting seasons. Regional...
March 4, 2016 - 12:33pm
October 16, 2015
Pheasant season gets underway in South Dakota this weekend
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's pheasant season opens Saturday, and hunters can expect a better year than 2014. State wildlife officials...
October 16, 2015 - 1:15pm
September 28, 2015
Nature foundation unveils $3.3M in monarch butterfly grants
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A national wildlife group awarded $3.3 million in grants Monday in its initial push to stem the worrisome decline of...
September 28, 2015 - 5:01pm
August 10, 2015
Bald eagle numbers continue to soar
LAKE ANDES—The bald eagle population in South Dakota is flying high once again. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted...
August 10, 2015 - 9:52pm
May 22, 2015
Wildlife habitat conservation program reaches million acres
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Conservation Reserve Program offshoot that's aimed at boosting wildlife habitat has surpassed 1 million acres, thanks to a recent signup in North Dakota. The amount of land in the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement program is double what the federal...
May 22, 2015 - 9:07am
May 20, 2015
Wildlife center operator: Fur taken only after natural death
PIERRE (AP) — A Minnesota woman seeking to open a wildlife education center that would house wolf cubs and fox kits in Deadwood acknowledged in a 2012 court case that her Minnesota property is mainly for agricultural use as a fur farm. Terri Petter's Deadwood project faces...
May 20, 2015 - 2:00pm
May 18, 2015
Attraction with wolves planned for Deadwood causes uproar
DEADWOOD (AP) — Opponents of a planned wildlife education operation in the western South Dakota tourist town of Deadwood say they think it's a front for a Minnesota fur farm and shouldn't be allowed. Fur-Ever Wild owner Terri Petter says the attraction would educate visitors...
May 18, 2015 - 1:00pm
April 23, 2015
Golden eagle injured near Rapid City ready to be a free bird
RAPID CITY (AP) — A golden eagle struck by two vehicles near Rapid City more than a month ago has survived and likely soon will be a free bird. The nearly 8-pound bird was struck on state Highway 79 on March 3. It was treated at the All Creatures Animal Hospital and Oahe Wildlife...
April 23, 2015 - 1:38pm
March 12, 2015
Public still has time to review proposed elk management plan
PIERRE (AP) — The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says South Dakota residents who want to have a say in how the state manages its elk population can still share their input. The department's Division of Wildlife released a draft of its five-year elk management plan to...
March 12, 2015 - 11:45am
Tribes join effort to keep Yellowstone grizzlies protected
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of American Indian tribes in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains are signing onto an effort to retain federal...
January 12, 2015 - 1:14pm
January 6, 2015
Jewell orders firefighting strategy that protects habitat
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is calling for a new wildfire-fighting strategy that protects a wide swath of sagebrush country in the intermountain West that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species. She issued an order Tuesday...
January 6, 2015 - 2:44pm
November 18, 2014
Finding funding for pheasant habitat
Paul Coughlin talks about the landscape in South Dakota as if it were a radiant, elaborate painting. The 47-year-old Aberdeen native has lived...
November 18, 2014 - 1:17pm