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South Dakota Duck Hunting News

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized dates and regulations for duck and goose hunting seasons.

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During the August Management Take only, goose hunters will have the opportunity to donate harvested Canada geese to help feed needy families across South Dakota through the South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH).

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Snow geese have yet to arrive in North Dakota, but the spring light goose migration has made its way into the southern portion of South Dakota.

This week’s forecast in Bismarck has highs in the low 30s, with lows in the teens. Weekend temperatures in the 40s have caused snow to quickly dissipate in the southern portion of the state, leading to standing water in some areas.

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Government personnel have been investigating a large mallard die-off located approximately 16 miles northwest of Pierre, South Dakota. A recent update by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) indicates respiratory fungal infections caused the deaths of more than 8,000 mallards.

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With large numbers of wetland and grassland habitat, South Dakota has some of the most significant waterfowl breeding areas in the United States. According to survey data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), hunting opportunities this fall may be the best in decades.

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SD Resident Canada Goose Plan Available for Review
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is offering citizens the opportunity to review a five-year draft management plan for resident Canada geese. The South Dakota Resident Canada Goose Management Plan is written with a goal of providing maximum recreational opportunities that are consistent with a healthy goose population, habitat constraints, and tolerance levels of private landowners and the public.

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South Dakota TIPs License Donations Top $14,000
South Dakota sportsmen donated over $14,000 to the Turn In Poachers program during the 2009 big game license season.

The 1,700 sportsmen not only contributed cash and checks, but also took advantage of the opportunity to donate funds as part of the process for purchasing general hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and applying for big game licenses.

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    Game, Fish and Parks to Consider Changes in State Waterfowl Refuges on Lake Francis Case
Because of changes in waterfowl migration and hunter-use patterns, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission may make some changes to state waterfowl refuges located along Lake Francis Case.

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 Grant Backpacks Offered to Increase Outdoor Activities
PIERRE, S.D. - A new grant program from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department seeks to help child-care providers increase the amount of time children spend outdoors.

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Get the Facts About AR-15-style Rifles-- Today's Modern Sporting Rifles; They're NOT 'Assault Rifles'
NEWTOWN, Conn.—Whether you're a hunter, target shooter, own a firearm for self protection or don't own a firearm at all, the National Shooting Sports Foundation asks you to be informed about AR-15-style rifles.

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South Dakota Hunting Atlas Updates
PIERRE, S.D. – People who have received the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Public Lands Hunting Atlas may want to check the GFP Web site for additional hunting-access opportunities.

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Duck Season Opens Saturday
Hunters in the Low Plains North and Middle Zones of South Dakota will be the first into the marshes and fields when duck season opens on Saturday, Sept. 26. Hunters in the remaining portions of the state will have to wait until Oct. 10.

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Hunters can help the hungry
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Hunters who need to clear freezer room for this year’s deer, elk, and other wild game can help needy South Dakotans by donating game meat to the South Dakota Sportsmen against Hunger program.

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Dove Season Reminders
PIERRE, S.D. - September is upon us and it brings to South Dakota the opening of the most popular hunting season in the United States, dove season.

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Early Goose Hunters Should See High Bird Numbers
WATERTOWN, S.D. - With the early Canada goose season approaching, Game, Fish and Parks Department officials are predicting excellent hunting throughout eastern South Dakota.

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Teaming With Wildlife Act Has South Dakota In Mind
PIERRE, S.D.- Due its supportive congressional representation and the collaborative effort of Sen. Tim Johnson and Sen. John Thune makes South Dakota a recipient of $3.4 million each year for five years because of The Teaming with Wildlife Act. The fund will be used carry out South Dakota’s Wildlife.

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Attend a HuntSAFE Class in Your Area
Good news for hunting enthusiasts living across South Dakota as HuntSAFE class is being offered. If you are 12 years onwards then you qualify in the said HuntSAFE class. After completion successful graduates will receive a hunter education card which they can use in any South Dakota open hunting season. For information on area HuntSAFE classes, visit the GFP Web site at www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/hunting/Safety/HuntSAFEIndex.htm

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New Options Available for Farmable Wetlands Program

Pierre, S.D.- Producers will greatly benefit from Farmable Wetlands program initiated by U.S. Department of Agriculture. An estimated 1 million acres of farmable wetlands that producers, farmers and ranchers can manage and turn it into productive one. To be illegible in the program, the land must fall on the categories set by Farmable Wetlands program. Visit the local Farm Service Agency Office (FSA) or visit www.fsa.usda.gov for more details.

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2009 Goose Season Set
Regulations for the geese season which will run from Sept. 26 – Dec. 20 is similar to last year. The daily limits is 25, 3 Canada geese, 20 light geese and 1 white-fronted goose. Possession limits of Canada and white-fronted geese are twice of their daily limit. Light geese possession is unlimited.

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Duck Season Finalized
PIERRE, S.D. – The following were the changes made by South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission; South Dakota will be divided into four duck hunting zones, duck hunters will have a daily bag limit of six and twelve possession limits. The changes gains favorable feed backs from hunter enthusiasts.

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2009 Goose Season Set
Regulations for the geese season which will run from Sept. 26 – Dec. 20 is similar to last year. The daily limits is 25, 3 Canada geese, 20 light geese and 1 white-fronted goose. Possession limits of Canada and white-fronted geese are twice of their daily limit. Light geese possession is unlimited.

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The Game, Fish and Parks Department has produced the backyard bird booklet to give readers tips on how to identify and attract birds. A bird checklist will help you document your growing bird list.

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PIERRE, S.D. – Chad Tussing, Education Services Coordinator for the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department, has been honored by the South Dakota Science Teachers Association with the 2009 Friend of Science Award.


SDSTA presents the award each year to an individual for their support of South Dakota students and the work done by the association. “We are proud to work with such a generous educator,” Mark Farrand, executive board member for SDSTA said. “Chad gives of his time, energy and ideas selflessly for the betterment of learners of all ages across South Dakota.”

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Mitchell, SD - February 25, 2009 - Pheasants Forever (PF) is proud to announce that the 700-member strong organization Pheasant Country, LTD of Mitchell , South Dakota , has converted to a PF chapter and is now known as the Pheasant Country Chapter of PF. The chapter will continue its tradition of holding its annual banquet on the eve of the South Dakota pheasant opener at the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell.

PF is the only national conservation organization that empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds are spent. This local control allows chapters to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities.

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PIERRE, S.D.- Friday marks the close of South Dakota’s Canada goose season along the Missouri River. However, goose hunters won’t have to wait long for another goose season as Saturday opens the light goose conservation order. The conservation order is an attempt to reduce the population of mid-continent light geese causing extensive damage to their arctic nesting grounds. In the most recent 4-year period, hunters in South Dakota bagged an estimated 105,000 light geese annually during the spring conservation order.

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PIERRE, S.D. – While hunting seasons may be concluding, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is beginning the difficult process of determining the past year’s big game harvest as part of planning for 2009 management needs.

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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is sending out two separate surveys to explore participation and activities of hunters in this state.

One survey will be tailored specifically to female deer hunters, asking a randomly selected sample of 2,000 their opinions, attitudes, motivations and constraints to their hunt.

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South Dakota Spring Light Goose Season Set
PIERRE, S.D. –Sportsmen will once again get the opportunity to hunt light geese in South Dakota this spring.The South Dakota light goose conservation order will run from February 14 through May 3, 2009, will be open state-wide and will allow hunters a daily limit of 20 geese with no possession limit.

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Shooting Hours End at Sunset
PIERRE, S.D. - All good things, even a day of hunting, must come to an end. In South Dakota, that means when the sun sets, it's time for hunters to call in the dogs and call it a day.

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Updated rental rates are now available for new Conservation Reserve Program contracts. In many areas of South Dakota, average CRP rental rates have increased 10 percent to 20 percent, making them much more competitive with local cash rent.

“This increase in CRP rental rates will make enrolling environmentally sensitive lands such as wetlands much more attractive for landowners” said Game, Fish and Parks Private Lands Habitat Biologist Rocco Murano. “CRP has been vital in the maintenance and expansion of local wildlife populations.”

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Ducks Unlimited Opens Properties in Edmunds, McPherson Counties for Walk-In Area Hunting
PIERRE, S.D. -- Ducks Unlimited-managed properties in McPherson and Edmunds counties will be enrolled in S.D. Game, Fish, and Parks Department’s Walk-In Area hunting program. Enrollment will be in time for this year’s resident-only pheasant season set for Oct. 11 through Oct. 13 as well as the regular pheasant season that opens on Oct. 18.

These tracts, totaling 13,400 acres, were acquired by DU as part of its revolving land fund that targets for acquisition degraded waterfowl habitat in the prairie pothole region. Once acquired, the grasslands and wetlands are restored.

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PIERRE, S.D.—Two of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department’s most popular publications are now available to the public.

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Goose Hunting Seasons Finalized

The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the state goose hunting seasons at its August meeting amid reports that goose populations remain robust. "There will be a strong population of migrant birds," Wildlife Division Assistant Director George Vandel told commissioners. "Snow geese numbers should still be quite good as well."

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Duck Season Set with Third Year of Hunter's Choice Experiment

As it enters its third and final year, the Hunter's Choice experiment for duck hunters seems to be achieving its desired effects. That's what Game, Fish and Parks Commissioners heard prior to finalizing the state duck hunting season at their August meeting at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park.

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GFP Commission to Meet at Fort Sisseton

In addition to their regular business, Game, Fish and Parks Commissioners will get a history lesson when they conduct their August meeting at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park. The commission's agenda for the one-day meeting on Aug. 7 includes a tour of the park, located 10 miles southwest of Lake City. 

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No Child Left Inside Grantees Announced

The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department has announced the grant recipients for this year's No Child Left Inside small grant program.  "We received nearly 60 applications for this year's funding. That was a tremendous response, especially since this was the first year we've offered the program," said Chad Tussing, education services coordinator for the GFP Division of Wildlife. Applications were scored by a team of reviewers. A total of $5,000 was allotted for the small grant program.  Applicants requested amounts between $500 and $1,000 each.

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Early Fall Canada Goose, Youth Waterfowl Seasons Finalized

RAPID CITY, S.D.—Regulations for the early fall Canada goose hunting season and the youth waterfowl hunting season were finalized by the S.D.  Game, Fish and Parks Commission at its July meeting in Rapid City.  Much of South Dakota will be open for the early fall Canada goose season which runs from Sept. 6 through Sept. 26. The areas closed to hunting during this season include Unit 2 which encompasses most of the counties along the Missouri River as well as portions of Fall River and Custer counties and, in a change from previous seasons, Perkins County. Also included in the closed area is Bennett County.

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Web Site Tracks Waterfowl Populations, Habitat

A special Web site offers waterfowl hunters up-to-date information about all four of North America's flyways.  The site, www.Flyways.us <http://www.flyways.us/>, a joint effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service, was developed by biologists and waterfowl manager across the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific flyways.

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Goose, Duck Hunting Seasons Proposed in South Dakota

The Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved proposals for the duck and goose hunting seasons at its July meeting in Rapid City. The seasons will be finalized at the commission's August meeting at Fort Sisseton. As proposed, Canada goose hunting along the Missouri River would get a little bit later start. The season in Unit 2, largely those counties along the river and portions of Custer and Fall River counties, would start on Nov. 1 and go through Feb. 13, 2009.

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PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota’s hunting heritage has traditionally been passed from one generation to the next. Recognizing that linage, and wanting to help it along, the S.D. Legislature approved a bill this year that allows children as young as 10 years of age to take part in mentored hunting opportunities.

“Having youngsters in the field is nothing new in South Dakota,” said Tony Leif, director of the Wildlife Division of the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department. “Many South Dakotans learned about hunting and the outdoors well before they were old enough to hunt.”

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Learn a New Outdoor Activity This Spring

HURON, S.D.—With the arrival of spring, people are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. The S.D. Outdoor Expo to be held on the S.D. State Fairgrounds on May 17-18 will be a great opportunity for the whole family to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and learn a few new activities that they can enjoy all summer long. There are nearly 100 activities and booths for people to visit. There is sure to be something for everyone.

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PIERRE, SD—The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department has identified the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program as a powerful tool to meet goals to provide additional undisturbed habitat for wildlife and public hunting access.

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PIERRE, S.D.—Pheasant hunting will be a recurring topic when the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission conducts its April meeting in Brookings. The meeting will be held Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4 at the Days Inn, Brookings.

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2008 Walk-In Area Enrollment Under Way

PIERRE, S.D. – Enrollment in the 2008 Walk-In Area, S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department hunting access program, has begun and will be open for enrollment until June 1.

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PIERRE, S.D.—With most of South Dakota’s hunting seasons closed, hunters should be taking extra precautions to make sure that their firearms are stored safely.

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HURON, S.D.-- Outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to experience the outdoors for the first time will come together to experience interactive exhibits and activities at the S.D. Outdoor Expo on May 17-18 in Huron on the S.D. State Fairgrounds.

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HURON, S.D.--Not your typical sports show, South Dakota’s first statewide Outdoor Expo is a free event that will provide activities for the enthusiast and take a hands-on approach to introducing families to outdoor activities.

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