Noem appoints Spring to Game, Fish and Parks Commission

Noem appoints Spring to Game, Fish and Parks Commission

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Lani O'Connell, 12, of Spearfish, shot her first buck recently in Jackson County. The buck was dropped from about 200 yards on one shot. Lanie is the daughter of Craig and Sona O'Connell of Spearfish and the grand daughter of Dale and Cindy O'Connell of Kadoka.

Noem appoints Spring to Game, Fish and Parks Commission

Governor Kristi Noem announced today that she has appointed Chuck Spring of Union Center to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission.

Spring is a lifetime rancher from Union Center and has previously served on the West River Deer Task Force and Depredation Committee with GFP. He runs a cow/calf operation with his three sons, who are the fourth generation on the ranch after his family homesteaded in the area in the late 1800s.

“I am an avid hunter and have always been passionate about the outdoors,” said Spring. “I want to preserve and improve that legacy for my kids and grandkids. I hope my ideas and service to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission can make things better for future generations.”

Spring and his wife Claireen have been married for 45 years. In addition to the three sons on the ranch, the Springs have a daughter who lives in Spearfish.

Spring replaces Scott Phillips on the commission and will attend his first commission meeting today in Pierre. His term will expire in 2024.

The GFP Commission serves as the advocate and liaison between the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and its stakeholders – the people of South Dakota. The Commission consists of eight members, appointed by the Governor for four year terms. For more information on the Commission and the 2019 meeting schedule, please visit

Wyoming anglers break Cutt-Slam record in 2019

It was a record year for one of the most sought-after achievements for anglers in Wyoming.

A total of 144 anglers completed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cutt-Slam in 2019. Established in 1996, the Cutt-Slam challenges anglers to catch the state’s four subspecies of cutthroat trout — Bonneville, Colorado River, Snake River and Yellowstone — in their respective native ranges. That number broke the previous record of 142 set in 2013.

This year marked the seventh that more than 100 anglers earned the recognition.

“As the popularity of the program grows, so does the attention to the department’s management efforts for cutthroat trout restoration,” said Alan Osterland, Game and Fish chief of fisheries.

Those who complete the slam receive a personalized certificate featuring the four cutthroat subspecies, a Wyoming Cutt-Slam commemorative medallion provided by Wyoming Trout

Unlimited and a Cutt-Slam vehicle decal. For consideration of the prize, anglers must submit to Game and Fish a photo of each species labeled with the date and location they were caught. Submissions can be sent with a mail-in application or online. Fish can be caught and applications may be sent at any time.

The Wyoming-Cutt Slam was the idea of the late Ron Remmick, who was the Game and Fish fisheries supervisor in the Green River and Pinedale regions. Remmick wanted to draw attention to the management efforts being done with Wyoming’s cutthroat species and find a way to profile them. The medallion became part of the prize package in 2018 in honor of Remmick.

Game and Fish has recognized 1,719 anglers since the challenge began. People are represented from two other countries (Canada and Czechoslovakia) and all but three states — Hawaii, Kentucky and Rhode Island.

Visit the Cutt-Slam webpage for more information, to submit entries and to see photos of past recipients.

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