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Bev Keffler of Hot Springs shows off her 9 pound, 2 ounce walleye that she caught near the CommonCents Marina at Angostura Reservoir.

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Hot Springs angler catches big walleye

Angling for crappies around the floating tires near the CommonCents marina at Angostura has proven to be a successful means of catching big walleye for Bev Keffeler of Hot Springs.

Last year November, she pulled in an 8 pound walleye around the tires while fishing for crappie on a nice fall day. Last week, on Friday, Sept. 1, she was at it again doing the same thing and had caught eight crappie keepers and one walleye keeper and was about to call it a day.

“Then one last drop and slow reel up again, and I caught this on my little pole with six-pound test line! I could not believe it!” she said, in an email to the Hot Springs Star.

The walleye weighed in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 32-inches long.

Mountain lion season set for two years

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks commission voted to make no changes to the mountain lion season for the next two years, according to a release.

The Black Hills unit will have a season that goes from Dec. 26-March 31 with a harvest limit of 60 male or 40 female mountain lions. This includes lions taken in Custer State Park.

The areas outside the Black Hills will have a year-round season with no harvest limit.

Commission delays decision on boating restriction petition

During it's meeting in Sioux Falls Thursday, the South Dakota GF&P commissioners tabled a petition request to place a "no boating restriction" on Swan Lake in Clark County from Oct. 20-Dec. 31.

The commission plans to revisit the petition next summer as a review of refuges and boating closures in South Dakota.

Good Earth State Park recognized for cultural and historical significance  

The National Association of State Park Directors awarded Good Earth State Park in Sioux Falls the Ney Landrum Park History Award.

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"On behalf of our team at Good Earth State Park and our entire department, we are grateful to be receiving the Ney Landrum Park History Award this year," director of the division of parks and recreation Katie Ceroll said in a statement from GF&P. "The park and the brand new visitor's center reflect the team's collaboration in research and presentation of this site's history, which has allowed the historical and cultural preservation of the area to come to life for current and future generations."

The park preserves a portion of a historically and culturally significant site called Blood Run, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark. 

The area is largest known Oneota habitation discovered, with as many as 10,000 indigenous people living there during its peak.

Landowners and hunters asked to report dead deer

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks announced last week the first deer mortality due to hemorrhagic disease in 2017, according to a release.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease, also known as 'Blue Tongue' was found to be the cause of death of a white-tailed deer in Eastern Harding County and another white-tailed deer in Western Butte County.

The virus, which is not infectious to humans, is spread by a biting midge and causes extensive internal hemorrhaging. With certain strands of the virus, the deer can be dead within 1-3 days.

The disease rarely has a large impact on deer populations, however, in 2016 impacted the population in certain parts of Eastern South Dakota to the point that license adjustments were made in some hunting zones.

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