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2019 Duck hunting season dates and zones finalized

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 duck hunting season at their November meeting.

Season Dates and Open Areas:

High Plains Zone: Oct. 12, 2019–Jan.16, 2020

Low Plains North & Low Plains Middle Zone: Sept.28–Dec. 10, 2019

Low Plains South Zone: Oct. 26, 2019–Jan. 7, 2020

Additional elk license raffle rejected by GFP Commission

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected the proposal to make a second elk license available for raffle.

This raffle license was presented to the GFP Commission through a petition. The adoption of the petition resulted in the initiation of the public comment period to allow input from the public on this topic.

At this time, commissioners were not ready to implement a second raffle license due to the coveted opportunity of elk hunting in the state.

The daily bag limit will be six ducks; comprised of no more than five mallards (which may include no more than two hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two canvasbacks and one pintail.

Two bonus blue-winged teal would be available for the first sixteen days of the season.

Goose, Sandhill crane, spring light goose seasons finalized

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 goose, Sandhill crane and spring light goose hunting seasons at their November meeting.

Dates for these seasons include:

Canada Geese (and Brant)

Unit 1: Oct. 1-Dec. 22, 2019

Unit 2: Nov. 4, 2019-Feb. 16, 2020

Unit 3: Jan. 11-19, 2020

Light Geese

Statewide: Sept.28, 2019-Jan. 10, 2020

White-fronted Geese

Statewide: Sept. 28–Dec. 10, 2019.

Daily limits will be eight Canada geese for Unit 1 and four Canada geese for Units 2 and 3. Daily limit for light geese is 50 statewide.

The Commission increased the daily limit of white-fronted geese from two to three, but also shortened the season from 86 to 74 days.

The Commission expanded the area where hunters can hunt Sandhill cranes, modifying the open unit from that portion of the state lying west of U.S. Highway 281 to that portion of the state lying west of a line beginning at the South Dakota-North Dakota border and State Highway 25, south on State Highway 25 to its junction with State Highway 34, east on State Highway 34 to its junction with U.S. Highway 81, then south on U.S. Highway 81 to the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

The Sandhill crane season will run from Sept. 28–Nov. 24, 2019, have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of nine.

The Commission made a slight change to the season dates for the Spring Light Goose Conservation Order, changing it from 79 days beginning the day after the Unit 2 dark goose season to the day after the Unit 2 dark goose season to May 15.

Camping fee changes finalized

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently made three adjustments to park fees.

The Commission defined the new service of a modern cabin being a structure with beds, electricity, sewer and water and established a fee of $150/night. The Commission also increased the per night fee for the lodge at Shadehill Recreation area from $205 to $280 due to expansion of the lodge. The last adjustment established fees for the use of the Good Earth State Park amphitheater of $300 for four hours and $600 for all day (6 a.m. – 11 p.m. from May 1 – Sept. 30 and 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. from Oct. 1 – April 30).

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