Free Fishing, Free Park Entrance On Father’s Day
PIERRE — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating Dads with a day of free fishing and free entrance into state parks on Father’s Day, June 16. Fishing regulations and limits as well as camping fees still apply.
With free entrance on Father’s Day, visitors can help us celebrate 100 years of state parks in South Dakota, Hepler noted.
Visit gfp.sd.gov to view other upcoming park events.
S.D. GFP Commission Modifies The Use Of Firearms, Archery Equipment In Parks
PIERRE — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission eased and revised some restrictions regarding hunting and target shooting equipment in state park areas that allow those activities.
The Commission actions are as follows:
Uncased weapons will now be allowed in motor vehicles, trailers, campers or boats and when being carried from parking areas to and from firearm and archery target ranges and boat ramps within state park areas.
Airguns are now allowed on designated shooting ranges year around and for hunting as allowed by rule.
The period when hunting is allowed in lakeside use areas and Shadehill Recreation Area is extended from October 1 to April 30 exclusively to September 1 to May 31 exclusive.
Crossbows are now legal hunting weapons in those state parks that allow hunting.
S.D. GFP Commission Finalizes Adjustments For Bighorn Sheep Auction Tag License
PIERRE — The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the November 1 deadline for nonprofit groups to submit an application letter for the opportunity to auction the bighorn sheep auction tag license.
The move will allow the Commission to establish a new date to allow flexibility in conjunction with the bighorn sheep auction.
The bighorn sheep auction license will also now be valid in both Custer County and the Badlands hunting units.
Six Neb. State Recreation Areas Will Allow July 4 Fireworks
LINCOLN, Neb. — Visitors to six state recreation areas will be allowed to touch off fireworks on Independence Day, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Those visitors should always use caution when lighting fireworks.
Branched Oak State Recreation Area (SRA) near Malcolm, Fort Kearny SRA near Kearney, Memphis SRA near Memphis, Fremont Lakes SRA near Fremont, Pawnee SRA near Emerald and Wagon Train SRA near Hickman will permit fireworks from 8 a.m. until midnight on July 4 only. Signs at recreation areas will point the way to designated fireworks sites and their boundaries will be clearly marked. Use of fireworks elsewhere in state areas or at other times is prohibited.
Deadline For Neb. Multispecies Lottery Applications July 5
LINCOLN, Neb. — Hunters have until July 5 to apply for a 2019-2020 multispecies lottery permit. Two types of permits are available: Super Tag and Combo.
The Super Tag permit is valid in 2019 and 2020 for one elk of either sex, one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). The permit is valid in open seasons with the appropriate weapons.
One Super Tag permit is authorized for residents only, and one permit is authorized for residents/nonresidents. Persons may apply for the residents-only permit once per year for $25. Persons may apply for the resident/nonresident permit multiple times per year for $10. Winners require a Habitat Stamp.
The Combo permit is valid in 2019 and 2020 for one antelope of either sex, one deer of either sex, and two turkeys (only toms and bearded hens may be taken in the spring). The permit is valid in open seasons with the appropriate weapons.
One Combo permit is authorized for residents only, and one permit is authorized for nonresidents only.