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Sign up set for a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year. Registration for most classes is available online at

Walk-ins are accepted if space is available, but pre-registration is recommended and required for most classes.

"Course availability is limited as hunting seasons draw closer, so signing up now is your best bet of getting into a class," said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks HuntSAFE coordinator, Patrick Klotzbach.

An independent study HuntSAFE class is also available.

“The independent study course allows students to complete the coursework online, at their own pace, and then attend a 4-6 hour field day,” said Klotzbach. “Not all cities offer this option, but those that do are listed on our website.”

Students interested in either the traditional classroom or independent study format must register online at Those wanting to take the independent study option must register for their field day and then complete the online course offered at Students must take the course and print off their field day qualifier certificate and bring it to the field day.

The traditional classroom course is free, and the independent study HuntSAFE course is $15.

HuntSAFE class is designed for persons age 12 through 15. If a student's twelfth birthday falls on or between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, he/she may be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning Sept. 1 of that year.

Adults are welcome and invited to attend with their student or take the course on their own, as many states require certification for adults as well.

For more information on HuntSAFE in South Dakota, visit or call 605.223.7700.

Black Hills mountain lion hunting season ends

The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31. The harvest limit for the Black Hills season was 60 total mountain lions or 40 female mountain lions.

This year, hunters harvested a total of 31 mountain lions; 19 of those were female.

The season remains open for areas outside the Black Hills Fire Protection District year round.

For more information on South Dakota’s mountain lion hunting season, visit:

Brian Ferebee honored by Black Hills National Forest

On March 14, Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Brian Ferebee honored employees and partners for their 2017 accomplishments during the annual Regional Forester’s Honor Awards Ceremony.

Ferebee recognized award winners for innovative, highly impactful work that supports achievement of the Rocky Mountain Region’s three priorities, which align with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service’s mission, strategic plan, and priorities and USDA’s seven strategic goals.

An Honor Award for Emerging Leader was presented to Forester Eric Scott on the Black Hills National Forest.

“This award recognizes Eric for leading by example and providing superior service to the Forest and community,” said Mark Van Every, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor. “Eric continually exceeds in his work performance, exhibits integrity, vision and is a strong role model for his fellow employees.”

Each recipient received a certificate and a five-section tray made by artist Matt Ricketts from reclaimed beetle kill pine.

The Regional Forester’s honor awards are presented each year for outstanding achievement by Forest Service employees and partners. The Rocky Mountain Region reserves this award as its highest honor.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit

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