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Mild winters and a lower-than-desired deer population have left bleak opportunities for depredation hunts across South Dakota in recent years. Registration for the state's depredation hunts opened Monday, but the program has not been utilized since the winter of 2010-11, according to Keith Fisk, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Damage Management Program administrator. GF&P's Wildlife Damage Management Program assists landowners with wildlife depredation abatement techniques. When other methods are ineffective to remove animals from an area, GF&P may utilize hunters o
WHITE LAKE — Dead pheasants were flying from a vehicle cruising down the interstate. Tossed out the window by a couple of hunters, the birds were over the limit wildlife evidence obtained recently by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. For 24 hours from Sunday to Monday afternoon, GF&P and a collection of other agencies conducted a game stop on an Interstate 90 rest area, just east of the White Lake exit. Andy Alban, GF&P law enforcement program administrator, said the attempted disposal of pheasants was just one of the noteworthy events from the game stop, which diverte
Fewer people are reporting game violations to the Turn in Poachers hotline than average, but a higher percentage of calls are resulting in successful arrests. According to a recent report from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, there were 213 investigations that came from South Dakota's TIPs hotline (1-888-OVERBAG) during the 2014 TIPs year, which ran from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. The 10-year average of number of investigations called in to the TIPs hotline is 391, while the 20-year average is about 400. "I don't know the rationale for that, but the calls we are gettin
YANKTON — A small wake broke from the back of the watercraft, and a 125-foot net was slowly released from the front end. It's a routine job duty for Sam Stukel, 40, a Gregory native and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist. Stukel, based in Yankton, spends a majority of his time on the Missouri River researching the pallid sturgeon, a species that's been on the endangered list since 1990. During a recent October morning, Stukel and two other GF&P fisheries biologists worked up and down the Missouri River near Yankton in search of pallid sturgeon. "You n
LETCHER — As eight rows of corn slid through his combine, B.J. Zoss was thinking about pheasants. Zoss farms near Letcher but also assists his parents, Adolf "Todo" and Dotty, in operating a pheasant hunting guiding lodge service, A&D Zoss Pheasant Hunting. "I've been thinking about pheasant opener all week," B.J. Zoss, 45, said Wednesday while working on harvest.
The annual Pheasants Forever banquet last year in Mitchell stretched into homes across the country. A television crew that was filming a show about South Dakota’s pheasant hunting tradition was...
SALEM — Alongside a field of tall grasses on a brisk October morning, Gov. Dennis Daugaard preached habitat. "Habitat conservation is important in South Dakota," Daugaard said.
A Mitchell policeman has been deemed justified for intentionally using lethal force during an altercation that killed a man earlier this month. According to a report issued Tuesday by the...
PLATTE — Officials on Friday concluded an investigation into a fatal house fire, but the community of Platte continues to honor those who died. As the Platte-Geddes High School football team prepared for its Friday night game in Kadoka, a special No. 28 sticker was added to each player's helmet.
The day before East River Deer hunting season opened in 1999, Andy Alban started as a full-time conservation officer stationed in Plankinton. Alban's main responsibility was protecting wildlife laws and regulations in Aurora and Jerauld counties. "I really hit the ground running with calls and violations," Alban recalled of his first weekend on the job. Today, Alban oversees all South Dakota conservation officers.