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Archery honors up for grabs at 2018 GFP-NASP Tournaments

Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 9th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments. This year’s two tournaments will include both a bull’s eye target tournament and a 3D target tournament.

The bull’s eye target tournament will be held on March 24, at East Middle School in Rapid City. The 3D target tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 at the NFAA/Easton Archery Facility in Yankton.

The tournaments are sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and will host hundreds of young archers from across the state. Students will compete for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners will receive trophies, and the overall individual winners from the bull’s eye target tournament will receive a free custom-made bow courtesy of GFP. All students receive a free tournament t-shirt.

Students who participate in NASP within their schools or home school program are eligible for the competition.

“It’s gratifying to see so many schools introduce the sport of archery into their curriculum,” said Patrick Klotzbach, NASP Coordinator for GFP. “Studies have shown that students who participate in NASP like school better and attend school more often. NASP is a great partnership between GFP and local school districts.”

There is no charge to attend the tournaments, and the public is welcome. Individuals who wish to volunteer with the tournament may contact outdoorprogramming@gmail.com or call 605.220.2130.

GFP seeks input on options to antlerless hunting season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission determined they would like to receive input on two options for antlerless hunting season dates prior to making a formal proposal in April.

The GFP Commission proposed a regulation to require all deer seasons to end no later than Jan. 1. To conform to this proposed season structure, two options have been identified adjusting the antlerless only dates for East and West River deer hunting seasons. Currently, there is no late season hunting period for West River deer and the season dates for antlerless only tags issued for the East River deer hunting season begin the Saturday following Christmas and run for nine consecutive days.

Option 1: Dec. 26 through Jan. 1

Option 2: Begin the Saturday following the conclusion of the East River deer hunting season and run for nine consecutive days

The GFP Commission wants to hear from the public on these two options to change the season dates for East River and reinstate the late season hunt for the West River deer season. Then they will move forward with one of the options listed above as a proposal on April 5-6, 2018, at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City.

To comment in person, the public hearing will be held May 3 at 2 p.m. MT at Custer State Park.

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Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing).

Game, Fish and Parks to stock rainbow below Oahe Dam

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will stock rainbow trout at Oahe Marina on March 27, weather permitting.

Crews from Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery in Rapid City will stock rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 to 12 inches in length.

Rainbow trout will not be stocked in Oahe Marina in 2019 or 2020 in order to free hatchery production space and allow biologists to explore different cold-water stocking opportunities for Lake Oahe.

Rainbow trout will be stocked in Mickelson Pond in Pierre each fall to provide trout fishing opportunity in the area.

Shoreline access and boat launching facilities below Oahe Dam provide opportunities for both boat and shore anglers.

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