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GFP urges anglers to be aware of fish consumption advisories

The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), Health (DOH) and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are reminding anglers to check the current list of fish consumption advisories as the 2018 fishing season begins.

Based on testing results from 2017, South Buffalo Lake in Marshall County has been added to the advisory list. Fish to avoid include walleye over 24 inches.

A complete list of all lake- and species-specific advisories can be found at: doh.sd.gov/food/Fish-Advisories.aspx. Recommended guidelines for eating fish from advisory and non-advisory waters can also be found at the link above.

Annual fish testing is a collaborative effort among all three government agencies. When test results exceed established values for certain sizes of fish in a water body, a consumption advisory is issued.

State parks offer free entrance for military group events

 Past and present military personnel can receive free entrance into South Dakota state parks when participating in special events that they host.

“We’re proud to offer this benefit to our veterans and members of the military,” said South Dakota State Parks director Katie Ceroll in a press release.

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Park entrance licenses are not required for those participating in an eligible military group event. It includes South Dakota military veterans, members of the South Dakota National Guard and military reserve units and patients of veterans’ hospitals in South Dakota. The exemption also extends to family members and guests in attendance at the event.

Ceroll said examples of eligible events include a veteran’s group picnic, a veteran’s home or hospital outing or a National Guard recruitment day.

In addition to the military group event entrance license exemption, South Dakota veterans having a 100 percent, service-related disability can obtain a free lifetime park entrance license and half-price camping.

For more information, call GFP at 605-773-3391. To host a military event in a state park, complete the special event application at gfp.sd.gov.

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