South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission Proposes Increase in Special Buck Licenses

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission Proposes Increase in Special Buck Licenses

South Dakota Fish, Game & Parks
South Dakota Fish, Game & Parks

PIERRE, S.D. – -( A proposal before the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission would increase the number of Special Buck licenses available for the 2010 firearm deer season.

The proposal would increase East River resident licenses from 400 to 500, the same number currently available for West River resident and nonresident seasons There is no East River Special Buck nonresident season.
The Special Buck licenses are only good on private land.

The Commission also proposed adopting new federal regulations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the practice of falconry. By 2014, all states must comply with federal regulations and have a state falconry program approved. States that do not have an approved program by 2014 would not be able to permit falconers and falconry could not be legally practiced in that state.

The regulations do not expand the number of raptors that can be taken, but it will expand the take season for raptors and would transfer administrative duties to the SD GFP. It would no longer be necessary for falconers to get a federal permit to practice falconry.

The proposed standards for falconry can be downloaded .

The Commission also proposed to eliminate the Elm Creek, Buryanek and Platte State Waterfowl Refuges and to modify and reduce the size of the Chamberlain State Waterfowl Refuge.

GFP staff have determined that waterfowl use in these areas are minimal and the lack of public roads in the area limit access.

A proposal to repeal the “no motors over 25 horsepower” zone on the Putney Slough Game Production Area in Brown County, the “no motors over 8 horsepower” zone on Bylthe Sough Game Production Area in Codington County and to create a “no motors” zone and a “no swimming” zone on the waters of Family Park in Minnehaha County was accepted.

Citizens who would like to provide written comments on the proposals may do so until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Comments may be mailed to Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or e-mailed to [email protected] All comments must have the sender’s full name and address in order to become part of the public record.

Comments may also be presented in person at the GFP Commission meeting during a public hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at the Joe Foss Building, Matthews Training Center located at 523 E Capitol in Pierre.