PIERRE, SD (KELO AM) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the antelope and early fall Canada goose seasons at their July meeting in Fort Pierre.
The firearms antelope season will run from Oct. 4-19 and have 2,705 licenses available for residents and 61 licenses available for nonresidents. Tripp and Lyman counties as well as the Fort Pierre National Grasslands unit are closed for both firearms and archery antelope hunting this year.
The early fall Canada goose season will run from Sept. 1-30. The Commission adopted modifications to the boundaries of Unit 1 to include the portion of Perkins County west of S.D. Highway 75 and south of S.D. Highway 20 and expanded Unit 2 by adding all of Custer, Fall River and Pennington counties.
The Commission made an amendment to the fall turkey hunting season, delaying action until their August meeting. The amendment would decrease the total number of fall turkey licenses any one hunter could have from 5 to 2.
The fall turkey season is proposed to begin Nov. 1, 2014, and end Jan. 31, 2015. Fall turkey hunters will see a reduction in turkey licenses available and closure of several west river counties and east river turkey hunting units. The Black Hills unit includes a boundary change which retains an open area on the eastern and southern tier of the Black Hills; including a reduction in licenses from 1,500 to 750.
The GFP Commission will take final action on these proposals on Aug. 7-8, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Pierre. To view these rule proposals in their entirety, please visit https://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx. Written comments on these proposals can be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or emailed firstname.lastname@example.org. To be included in the public record, comments must be received by12 p.m. CDT on Aug. 7 and have your full name and city of residence.