South Dakota GFP Commission Proposes Hunting Allowance for the Terminally Ill

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South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -( The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted a proposal at their December meeting that would provide a terminally ill South Dakota resident the opportunity to hunt big game.

The Secretary may authorize a resident who has been diagnosed by a licensed doctor of medicine to have a terminal illness which is medically expected to significantly shorten their life expectancy to hunt deer, antelope and turkey.

The proposed rule would also authorize the Secretary to provide allowances for persons 25 and under who are fighting cancer, other terminal illnesses or a disease which will significantly reduce their life expectancy. The proposed rule would allow hunting only during established hunting seasons, and would allow the hunter to take no more than one deer, antelope and turkey.

The proposal also allows that certain restrictions may be waived or additional terms or conditions may be imposed necessary to facilitate participation for the person receiving authorization.

The Commission will finalize this proposal at their Jan. 14-15 meeting at the Pierre Red Rossa meeting room. Written comments can be sent to [email protected] To be part of the official public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. on Jan 14. Please include your full name along with the city and state of residence.

If you would like to comment in person, the public hearing will be held Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. CDT at the Pierre Red Rossa meeting room.

About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP):

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.

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