Register For Lewis & Clark’s Becoming An Outdoors Family Event

Registration is now open for Lewis and Clark Recreation Area’s Becoming an Outdoor Family event.

Held June 11-13, the event is designed for beginner camping families, families who want to try new outdoor activities, and those who enjoy the company of like-minded families.

Workshop fees are $75 per family for a campsite, $130 per family for a camping cabin. The fee includes instruction in four skills sessions, program materials, and equipment use during the workshop. The full schedule can be viewed online at

The program includes instruction in your choice of four hands-on classes, participation in six general sessions, and two nights of camping. Families arrive Tuesday, June 11, and depart Thursday, June 13. Options are available for a campsite or a camping cabin. For an additional fee, registrants can stay through the weekend, departing Sunday, June 16.

A park entrance license is required to enter the park and is not included in the registration fee. Participants are responsible for personal items such as bedding, towels, food, clothing, and a tent/camper if staying on a campsite.

Session choices include archery, birdwatching, fishing, kayaking, photography, nature crafts, dam tour, fish hatchery tour, and more. General sessions include yard games, shooting, scavenger hunt, and yoga.

Trapping Equipment Must Be Removed From Public Lands By May 12

The South Dakota Legislative Interim Rules Review Committee has rejected the rule amendment to allow trapping on public lands and improved road rights-of-ways beyond May 1. The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission had previously adopted this extension in April.

Trappers must remove all traps, snares and associated trapping equipment from public lands and improved road rights-of-ways by May 12.

Trapping is allowed on private land with landowner permission at any time when a furbearer season is open.

S.D. GF&P Accepting Proposals For Spring Creek Resort & Marina Operator

PIERRE — According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort and Marina located within Spring Creek Recreation Area in central South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

The prospectus for the operation of Spring Creek Resort and Marina is now available online and through the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The prospectus details the terms and conditions under which interested operators may submit a proposal for consideration. It also includes a detailed business opportunity, the requirements necessary to submit a proposal, and a draft concession agreement for a term of ten years. Required services include cabin and lodge room rental, retail goods, boat slips, and boat fuel.

Proposals are due July 8, 2019.

A copy of the prospectus is available by contacting the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Division of Parks and Recreation at 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501 or at 605.773.3391.

Spring Creek Recreation Area is located 25 miles northeast of Pierre.

New Special Buck Any Whitetail License Finalized

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission added special buck any whitetail licenses for residents and nonresidents to the choices hunters could choose from for future West River deer hunting seasons.

The Commission added the Special Buck any whitetail deer licenses to be allocated at the greater of four percent of the total resident West River deer licenses that include an any whitetail deer tag from the previous year or a minimum 500 each for resident and nonresident hunters.

The licenses will cost $169 for residents and $554 for nonresidents.

If a person successfully drew a special buck any whitetail deer license, they will not be able to apply for a West River deer license in the initial and second deer drawings.

If a person successfully drew a West River deer license they are not eligible for a leftover special buck any whitetail deer license.

Special Buck licenses are only valid on private land. An applicant must have permission from an owner or lessee of private land before applying and include the name and telephone number of the owner or lessee providing permission.

License Increases For Black Hills Deer Hunting Season

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 and 2020 Black Hills firearms deer hunting seasons.

The season will run Nov. 1-30 for both 2019 and 2020 and have a maximum of:

• 200 resident and 16 nonresident any deer licenses.

• 3,500 resident and 280 nonresident any whitetail deer licenses.

• 1,100 resident and 88 nonresident antlerless whitetail deer licenses.

These changes represent an increase of antlerless whitetail licenses by 540 tags; 500 resident and 40 for nonresident hunters.

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