Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the hunt of a lifetime should look to a new opportunity ins South Dakota called the Hunt for Habitat “super tag” raffle.

The raffle offers two prize options for 2019 with four total prize packages available.

Three winners will receive one “any elk,” one “any deer” and one “any antelope” license. The winners of these packages will select either the 2019 or 2020 seasons to use each tag. These licenses are valid for any open season and location. Winners can also choose to hunt with any weapon that is legal and valid for the time period and location. No more than one of the winners may be nonresident.

One winner will receive a Custer State Park Trophy Buffalo License. This license is good for either 2019 or 2020. This package is also open to nonresidents.

Tickets are $10 for South Dakota residents and $20 for nonresidents. There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased by an individual.

The deadline to enter the Hunt For Habitat raffle is Aug. 15. Winners will be drawn Aug. 19.

Former host of hunting show pleads guilty in poaching probe

An Illinois man who was a host of a TV show about hunting has pleaded guilty in a poaching investigation.

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Chris Brackett of East Peoria admits that he killed two deer in Indiana in 2013 and transported an 11-point buck to Illinois, in violation of federal law. Indiana allowed hunters only to kill one buck.

The Journal Star reports that Brackett was in federal court in Peoria on Tuesday. Prosecutors have agreed to a 30-month probation sentence when he returns to court on Nov. 5. Brackett also can't hunt anywhere during that period and must pay $30,000.

Brackett nicknamed the 11-point buck "the unicorn buck" for its antler formation. The buck was featured on his show, "Fear No Evil," on the Outdoor Channel.

Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Sharpe

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GFP) has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe, a mainstream Missouri River reservoir in central South Dakota. Boaters enjoying Lake Sharpe should be aware that the waterbody is now classified as infested for zebra mussels and precautions must be taken to prevent spreading mussels to other waters.

Reproducing populations of zebra mussels were discovered in Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam in 2015. The discovery of the mussels in Lake Sharpe indicates their continued spread upstream in the mainstem Missouri River system. Initial surveys conducted in Lake Francis Case, immediately below Big Bend Dam, have not shown the presence of adult zebra mussels. The elevation of Lake Francis Case is drawn down 20 feet each fall. Mussels less than 20-feet deep would dry out or freeze over the winter, meaning any existing mussels may be harder to find. Additional mussel surveys will be conducted in the coming weeks to determine the extent of the infestation in Lake Sharpe and if zebra mussels are also present in Lake Francis Case.

“The discovery zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe is a game changer for Aquatic Invasive Species management in South Dakota,” said Lott. “Sharpe and Francis Case are two of the most used lakes in South Dakota. Many anglers and recreational boaters who use these lakes are from other areas and use their local lakes soon after being on Sharpe or Francis Case.”

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