S.D. East River Deer Hunters Should Be Aware Of Wet Conditions

PIERRE — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department is reminding hunters heading out for the East River Deer season to be mindful of the wet conditions that exist across much of eastern South Dakota.

“There are a lot of muddy roads, pastures and fields across the state, but especially in eastern South Dakota,” said GFP deputy secretary, Kevin Robling.

“Producers have had a tough year because of the extreme wet conditions, and we are reminding hunters to use good judgement when traveling on wet roads, trails, fields, and pastures. Tearing up land to get to your hunting spot can lead to loss of access for you or other hunters in the future,” Robling said.

Robling asked hunters to tread lightly on public lands, too.

GFP officials also shared a few more tips to ensure a successful hunting season:

* If you open a gate, close the gate behind you.

* Never park on the top of a hill or in front of a closed gate. Harvest is still in progress, and producers are moving large equipment.

* Pick up any trash you see, whether it is yours or not.

* Never leave carcasses next to roads and parking areas.

* When field dressing animals, gut piles should be disposed of away from highly visible areas.

For more information on hunting deer in South Dakota, visit: gfp.sd.gov.

S.D. GFP Seeking Assistance From Hunters With CWD Surveillance

PIERRE — With the much-anticipated arrival of the West and East River deer seasons, Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking the assistance of hunters in providing samples for chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance efforts.

Hunters can provide samples from their deer in a number of ways.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal brain disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an abnormal protein called a prion. Animals in the later stages of infection with CWD may show progressive loss of weight and body condition, behavioral changes, excessive salivation, loss of muscle control and eventual death. Chronic wasting disease is always fatal for the afflicted animal. The disease cannot be diagnosed by observation of physical symptoms because many big game diseases affect animals in similar ways.

For more information on CWD and how to submit samples from a harvested deer or elk, visit gfp.sd.gov/cwd-testing or contact your local GFP office.

Neb. G&P Projects Provide Opportunity To Give On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3

LINCOLN, Neb. — Make a difference on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, by supporting Hunters Helping the Hungry and the Wildlife Conservation Fund. These two Nebraska Game and Parks projects focus on helping Nebraska’s most vulnerable and are not-for-profit.

Hunters Helping the Hungry is a program that allows hunters to donate whole field-dressed deer at participating processors to be distributed by charitable organizations and food pantries statewide. Over 650,000 meals have been distributed to those in need since the program began in 2012.

The Wildlife Conservation Fund is used to maintain adequate habitat and healthy populations of wildlife across the state, particularly those that are rare, endangered or threatened. Many species have been helped over the years, including river otters, monarch butterflies, swift fox, peregrine falcons and bald eagles.

Giving Tuesday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving. Last year, 400 million dollars was raised online in the United States.

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