Nick Lowrey / Pierre Capital Journal
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem’s pheasant nest predator bounty program took another step toward fruition. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission on March 1 accepted proposals to create the program and to allow traps on public lands until August. 31 every year. The bounty program proposal says species eligible for the $10 bounty are raccoons, skunks, opossums, badgers and red fox. Also, only South Dakota residents could collect bounties. “We’re excited about the program,” said wildlife damage specialist Keith Fisk.
PIERRE, S.D. - Two years ago a pair of golden eagle chicks born in Alaska’s Denali National Park were fitted with satellite tracking tags, last week one of those eagles, a male, was shot and killed in Sully County.
PIERRE, S.D. - New regulations designed to combat the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in South Dakota are tentatively scheduled to be finalized in May. That, at least, is the plan said Chad Switzer, wildlife program administrator for the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department. Switzer is heading up the department’s efforts to combat the disease that studies have shown to cause deer populations to shrink.
PIERRE, S.D. - It was in June that South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department staff first presented what would become one of the ugliest episodes they, or the commission that oversees their work, had ever been a part of. The rule, presented by special projects coordinator Kevin Robling, would have overhauled the way the department distributes deer hunting licenses to the state’s hunters. The idea was to get more hunters the licenses they want more often.
PIERRE, S.D. — The proposed changes to South Dakota’s deer-hunting license system aren’t dead despite the state Legislature’s Rules Review Committee decision, Nov. 20, to send the proposed changes back unapproved to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
PIERRE, S.D.—The U.S. House of Representatives' Farm Bill proposal contained some good news for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. One of the brightest points for hunters is that the bill calls for raising the Conservation Reserve Program's acreage cap. The cap would rise from the current low of 24 million acres to 29 million acres between 2019 and 2023.