Proposals Would Expand South Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities
PIERRE, S.D. –-(Ammoland.com)- Two proposals to be considered next month by the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission would give duck and goose hunters more opportunities this fall.
The proposed South Dakota duck hunting season would allow hunters to harvest two pintails a day; the previous daily bag limit was one pintail.
South Dakota is divided into four duck hunting zones:
The next High Plains Zone season is proposed to run Oct. 9, 2010 – Jan. 13, 2011. The High Plains Zone includes all of western South Dakota and the western portions of Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Sully, Hughes, Buffalo, Brule, and Gregory counties.
The Low Plains North and Low Plains Middle Zones seasons are proposed to run Sept. 25 – Dec. 7. The Low Plains North and Middle Zones include most of the eastern half of South Dakota.
The Low Plains South Zone season is proposed to run Oct. 9 – Dec. 21. The Low Plains South Zone encompasses parts of Gregory, Charles Mix, Bon Homme, Yankton, Clay and Union counties.
The GFP Commission also will consider an increase in the daily bag limit for the South Dakota Goose Hunting Season. Under the proposal, hunters would be able to harvest four Canada geese daily – up from three previously. The possession limit for Canada geese would increase from six to eight birds.
South Dakota has three goose hunting units:
- Unit 1 has a proposed season of Oct. 1 – Dec 19. Unit 1 includes most of South Dakota, with the exception of Perkins, Bennett, Stanley, Lyman, Hughes and Gregory counties, and parts of Dewey, Potter, Sully, Buffalo, Brule, Hyde, Charles Mix, Bon Homme, Fall River and Custer counties.
- Unit 2 has a proposed season of Oct. 30, 2010 – Feb. 11, 2011. Unit 2 consists of Perkins, Lyman, Stanley, Hughes and Gregory Counties and parts of Dewey, Potter, Sully, Buffalo, Brule, Hyde, Charles Mix, Bon Homme, Fall River and Custer counties.
- Unit 3, consisting only of Bennett County, has a proposed season of January 8-16, 2011.
People who want to provide written comments on the waterfowl season proposals may do so until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. 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 senders’ full names and addresses in order to be included in the public record.
Comments may also be presented in person during the GFP Commission public hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Ramada Hotel in Aberdeen.