A new South Dakota habitat stamp for outdoor enthusiasts will go into effect on July 1, after being created by the Legislature earlier this year.

Revenue obtained from the habitat stamp can only be used to develop habitat on public land and waters or to provide public access to private land, as defined by Senate Bill 75.

A habitat stamp is required for anyone 18 years of age or older when purchasing or applying for a hunting, fishing or furbearer license. The annual fee for the habitat stamp is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The stamp is not required for the one-day hunting or fishing license, youth hunting license, private shooting preserve license, Hunt for Habitat entries, landowner hunting license, preference points, or to purchase a park entrance license or camping reservation.

Habitat stamp funds associated with hunting and furbearer license sales will fund wildlife habitat developments and public access improvements on public lands across South Dakota. Additionally, habitat stamp funds will be used to provide public hunting access to private lands that offer quality hunting opportunities.

Habitat stamp funds associated with fishing license sales will fund aquatic habitat projects on public waters across South Dakota. In addition, projects like improving boat docks, roads or vault toilets can increase access to public waters.