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GFP 2017 May Proposals - June Finals The proposed administrative rule changes will: 1) establish facility use fees for the Good Earth State Park visitors center, 2) set season dates, units, and license allocations for SD deer hunting seasons, 3) amend rules authorizing terminally ill residents to hunt, 4) set license allocations and fees for Custer State Park bison hunts, 5) amend rules for nonresident waterfowl hunting, and 6) amend rules on trapping prohibitions. 06/08/2017 06/05/2017
GFP 2017 June Proposals - July Finals The proposed administrative rule changes will: 1)amend the hunting restriction near roads and buildings within Custer State Park to include coyotes, 2)close the sage grouse hunting season, 3)adjust the number of resident antelope hunting licenses allocated to West River/East River hunting units, 4)close the Custer State Park antelope hunting season, 5)reopen the Custer State Park coyote hunting season and adjust the season dates and licensing requirements. 07/13/2017 07/10/2017
GFP 2017 July Proposals - September Finals The proposed administrative rule changes will: 1)create a “no boating zone” on the waters of Swan Lake in Clark County from October 20 to December 31, inclusive, 2)establish a process whereby an owner of private property underlying any nonmeandered lake listed in SDCL 41-23-8 may petition the GFP Commission to allow the owner of private property to restrict recreational use of the water overlying the owner’s private property. 09/07/2017 09/04/2017
GFP 2017 Oct Proposals - November Finals The proposed administrative rule changes will 1) simplify the park entrance fee structure by eliminating 2) alter three definitions regarding “preferred,” “prime,” and “primitive” campgrounds. “Preferred” campgrounds would consist of campsites with weekend occupancy rates of 80 to 89 percent from the Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day, inclusive, on non-equestrian and electrical campsites. “Prime” campgrounds would consist of campsites with occupancy rates of 90 percent or greater from the Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day, inclusive, on non-equestrian and electrical campsites. “Primitive” campsites would be removed from the definitions section 3) Move campgrounds into appropriate categories to match definitions of occupancy rates 4) increase the use of the Fort Sisseton’s south barracks from $300 to $500 for a weekend. The catamaran dry slip storage at Lewis and Clark would increase from $300 to $325 per seasonal occupancy period. The catamaran dry slip storage at Angostura would increase from $150 to $175 per seasonal occupancy period 5) establish standards for marking closed areas of nonmeandered waters by landowners. The standards include a system of conspicuous signs and buoys with specifications to ensure uniformity. 6) would require mandatory submission of elk harvested in Custer State Park to be tested for chronic waste disease (CWD) 7)increase the number of antlerless elk licenses from no more than 20 to no more than 60. Furthermore, the proposed rule would establish four separate hunting seasons in four separate hunting units 8)simplify the Big Horn Sheep rule by eliminating the identification of the license type and number of license from each of the hunting units. The amendment would add the language that no more than five bighorn sheep licenses may be issued 9) allow for the continued pursuit of a mountain lion that originated on private land onto public land 10)remove the 15 inch minimum restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett 11) allow nonresidents to obtain an aerial hunting permit from the Department 12)require all bait dealers to list employees/agents on their application that will engage in trapping, transporting, delivering, raising, or seining bait and allow the Department to refuse the issuance of a license to a bait dealer with an employee/agent who has received a suspension or revocation of their bait dealer license 13) update the scientific name of the Interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos) to Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 14) update the scientific name of the Finescale dace (Phoxinus neogaeus) to Finescale dace (Chrosomus neogaeus)15)update the scientific names of two species: Northern redbelly dace (Phoxinus eos) to Northern redbelly dace (Chrosmous eos) and Pearl dace (Margariscus margarita) to Northern pearl dace (Margariscus nachtriebi) 11/02/2017 11/14/2017 10/30/2017
GFP 2017 Nov Proposals - Dec Finals The new rule would require all bait dealers to list employees/agents on their application that will engage in trapping, transporting, delivering, raising, or seining bait and allow the Department to refuse the issuance of a license to a bait dealer with an employee/agent who has had their bait dealer license suspended, revoked, or been denied a bait dealer license. 12/14/2017 12/11/2017
GFP 2017 December Proposals/January Finals 1. Amend ARSD 41:06:16:02.01 – Low Plains duck hunting season established. Effect: The proposed amendment would modify the Low Plains South Zone hunting season to begin on the third Saturday instead of the second Saturday. 2.Amend ARSD 41:06:16:03 – Daily bag limit. Effect: The proposed amendment would increase the pintail bag limit from one to two. 3. Amend ARSD 41:06:16:07 – Goose hunting season, Conservation Order, and August Management Take established. Effect: The proposed amendment would remove Lawrence and Meade Counties from Unit 1 and place them in Unit 2. 4. Amend ARSD 41:06:50:03 – Daily and possession limits. Effect: The proposed amendment would reduce the daily limit from fifteen to eight birds and change the possession limit from forty-five to three times the daily limit of Canada geese. 01/11/2018 01/08/2018
GFP 2017 January Proposals/February Finals 1. Amend ARSD 41:04:02:32 – Hughes County public water safety zones. Effect: The proposed change would create a 400 yard area as a no wake zone in front of campsites. Reason: The proposed no wake zone is a popular area for swimmers due to its proximity to campsites. A no wake zone would increase safety for beach users and protect the shoreline from erosion and yet still allow boaters to beach their crafts along the shoreline. 2. Amend ARSD 41:04:02:52 – Perkins County public water safety zones. Effect: The proposed change would create a no wake zone in the west boat ramp bay on Shadehill Reservoir. Reason: Shadehill Reservoir has become more popular with the recent addition of privately owned cabin lots adjacent to department land near the boat access area. The higher volume has led to future planning of an expanded boat ramp and parking lot. This will encourage even more use of the west boat ramp. A no wake zone in the bay will protect boats and boaters during launching and loading. 3. Amend ARSD 41:03:01:16 – Restrictions on use of firearms and bows – Exceptions. Effect: The proposed change would limit hunting in Oakwood Lakes State Park to shotguns using shot shells, crossbows, and bows. Reason: Oakwood Lake State Park is the 4th smallest state park. The park as extensive established campgrounds and designated day use areas where hunting is currently prohibited by rule. Recently, additional campgrounds have been added to the park ultimately making rifle hunting unsafe in the park. 4. Amend ARSD 41:06:56 – Black Hills Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Effect: The proposed changes would rename the administrative chapter to “Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season.” In addition the proposed change would make appropriate name changes to applicable rules within the chapter removing the term “Black Hills.” The proposed rule would also establish a new hunting unit as that portion of Pennington County east of the Cheyenne River and that portion of Jackson County north of the White River, excluding the Badlands National Park. Reason: The bighorn sheep herd on the Badlands National Park and surrounding area has strong numbers and is at a level where hunting opportunities on lands outside the national park are available. As a result, a new hunting unit will be created adjacent to the national park. As a result of bighorn sheep hunting opportunities no longer only being located in the Black Hills, the name of the administrative chapter and respective rules will be changed to reflect and conform to a Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season chapter. 5. Amend: ARSD 41:07:03:01 – Inland Waters and ARSD 41:07:03:03 – Daily possession, and length limit restrictions on special management waters – Additional restrictions described. Effect: The proposed changes will eliminate the ability to harvest one muskellunge or northern-muskellunge effectively turning the species into a catch and release fish. Reason: Muskellunge and northern-muskellunge are primarily a trophy fish that are not commonly caught for consumption. By requiring catch and release, it will prevent fish from being harvested and allow the population to produce larger, trophy fish. 03/01/2018 02/27/2018
GFP 2018 March Proposals/April Finals 1. ARSD 41:06:26:01 - Black Hills elk hunting season established – Number and type of licenses – Season dates. Effect: The proposed rule will adjust the available elk licenses to 425 “any elk” and 700 “antlerless elk.” For units BHE-H1B, BHE-H7B, and BHE-H9B the proposal will adjust the season dates to October 15-31 and December 1-16. For units BHE-H2B, HBE-H2E, and BHE-H3E the season dates will be changed to October 15-31. For units BHE-H2C, BHE-H2F, BHE-H2I, BHE-H3C, and BHE-H3F the season dates will be changed to December 1-16. For units BHE-H2D, BHE-H2G, BHE-H2J, BHE-H3D, and BHE-H3G the season dates will be changed to December 17-31. Reason: Elk hunting license numbers have been adjusted based on biological and harvest information gathered during 2017 which follows management direction as described in the elk management plan. Adjustments to season dates have been proposed to provide as equal amount of days per hunting unit as possible for future hunting seasons. 2. ARSD 41:06:43:01 - Archery elk hunting season established -- Number and type of licenses available -- Season dates. Effect: The proposed rule will adjust the number of available archery elk licenses to 142 “any elk” and 80 “antlerless elk.” Reason: Elk hunting license numbers have been adjusted based on biological and harvest information gathered during 2017 which follows management direction as described in the elk management plan. 3. ARSD 41:06:59:01 - Prairie elk hunting season established -- Number and type of licenses available -- Season dates. Effect: The proposed rule will adjust the number of available licenses available to 68 “any elk” and 73 “antlerless elk.” Reason: Adjustments to elk hunting licenses reflect desired management direction for each hunting unit and collectively as described in the elk management plan. 4. ARSD 41:06:59:02 - Open units. The following is a description of the open units for the prairie elk hunting season. Effect: The proposed rule will establish a new unit comprised of Harding County with season dates of September 15-October 31 and December 1-31. Reason: Based on observations by the public and elk counted during an aerial survey this winter, a new unit is being proposed in Harding County which will provide hunting opportunities. 5. ARSD 41:06:27:01 - Custer State Park elk hunting season established -- Number and type of licenses -- Season dates. Effect: The proposed rule will adjust the season date for the season to October 1-31. Reason: These adjustments for Custer State Park any elk hunting would align hunting dates with other Black Hills elk hunting units. 6. ARSD 41:06:47:02 - Open units. Units CAE-CU1 and CAE-CU2 are established for the special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season. Effect: The proposed rule would modify the unity boundary of CAE-CU1 and CAE-CU2 to that portion of Custer State Park south of the R&D Pasture fence line. Reason: To focus chronic wasting disease management strategies, the proposed change to the geographic area of these units is being considered to match the same geographic area as the other four antlerless elk hunting time frames in Custer State Park. 7. ARSD 41:06:01:07.02 - Restrictions on landowner preference for legal entities. Effect: The proposed rule would clarify restrictions and application on preferences that are given to entities for landowner preferences. Reason: The change would clarify that entities owning property are held to the same acreage requirements that individual landowners are held to for landowner preference for elk hunting licenses. 8. ARSD - 41:06:01:15 - Elk application requirements. Effect: The proposed rule would increase the minimum number of acres from 240 acres to 1,000 acres in order to qualify for landowner preference and add language that would allow a landowner-operator to qualify if any amount of privately owned/operated land had over 2,000 elk use days. Furthermore, it would allow for lease agreements to be orally in addition to in writing in order to qualify as a leasee. Reason: Increase of the acreage requirement would restrict the qualifications to those individuals who have a higher potential of incurring financial loss due to elk use of their property. 04/06/2018 04/03/2018
April Proposals/May Finalization 1. ARSD 41:06:01:13 - Designation of areas where free antlerless deer licenses can be used by farmers and ranchers. Effect: The proposed rule would eliminate the term “youth” and replace it with “apprentice hunter.” Reason: A rule was proposed to amend the youth deer hunting season to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44 calling it an “apprentice hunter season”. 2. ARSD 41:06:01:17 - Access permits required for specific deer hunting units and public lands. Effect: The proposed rule would require any resident and nonresident deer hunter possessing an archery deer license to obtain and possess a free access permit to hunt in the Black Hills as defined in ARSD 41:06:19:02. An unlimited number of free access permits may be issued. Also, the proposed rule would eliminate the term “youth” and replace it with “apprentice hunter.” Reason: To evaluate and estimate the number of hunters archery deer hunting in the Black Hills, a proposal has been made to require all archery deer hunters who plan to hunt in the Black Hills obtain a free access permit. Also, a rule was proposed to amend the youth deer hunting season to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44 calling it an “apprentice hunter season.” 3. ARSD 41:06:02:03. Hunting license fees. Effect: The proposed rule would eliminate the term “youth deer” and replace it with “apprentice hunter deer.” It would also add the word “youth” to the term antelope. Reason: A rule was proposed to amend the youth deer hunting season to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44 calling it an “apprentice hunter season.” 4. ARSD 41:06:20:01 - West River prairie deer hunting season established -- Number and type of licenses. Effect: The proposed rule would reinstate the antlerless-only hunting dates to nine consecutive days following the conclusion of the West River Deer season. Reason: Several comments received during the development of the deer management plan advocated for the reinstatement of the antlerless-only days late in the season. Based on those comments and for the hunting opportunities these days provide, the Commission has proposed to reinstate antlerless-only days for nine consecutive days in mid-December. 5. ARSD 41:06:21:01 - East River deer hunting season established -- Number and type of licenses. Effect: The proposed change would reduce resident license numbers from 21,085 one-tag to 20,900 one-tag. The rule would also modify the antlerless-only deer hunting season dates to nine consecutive days beginning the Saturday following the 16th day of the East River deer season. Reason: License allocation for the East River deer season was adjusted to accommodate the change to two hunting units and the addition of the Limited Access Unit added in portions of Hughes and Sully counties. 6. ARSD 41:06:21:02 - Open units -- Exceptions. Effect: The proposed rule would create a new Limited Access Unit (Unit 59L) in Hughes and Sully counties limited to all Game Production Areas, Corp of Engineer, and Park Recreation Area Lands north of Oahe Dam in Hughes County and west of US Hwy 1804 to Bush’s Landing boat ramp in Sully County at 182nd Street; excluding the Spring Creek Recreation area. This unit is all public land. Landowner preference does not apply and hunters must obtain a free access permit to hunt archery, muzzleloader, youth or mentored youth as required on other Limited Access Units. The change would also eliminate Unit 59B. Unit 59A would be modified to include all of Sully County except that portion within 59L. Unit 36A would be modified to include all of Hughes County, excluding that portion within Unit 59L, Farm Island Recreation Area, LaFramboise Island, and the land from the entrance to Farm Island Recreation Area west through the city of Pierre. Reason: Discussions around the number of hunters using the Little Bend GPA and surrounding public lands have led to the proposal to establish a Limited Access Unit which would limit the number of hunters who can deer hunt in the unit and provide a more quality experience. This approach follows a few other Limited Access Units found throughout the state where larger tracts of public land become a separate unit and provide a quality hunting experience by limiting the number of hunters during the rifle season. 7. ARSD 41:06:22:01 - Archery deer hunting season established -- Number and type of licenses -- Access permits. Effect: The proposed rule would modify the season end date from January 15th to January 1st. Furthermore, antlerless whitetail deer licenses shall not be valid after January 1st. Reason: During the development of the deer management plan the department and commission received numerous comments about ending all deer hunting earlier than January 15. Some of the reasons shared for ending deer hunting seasons earlier are to avoid harvesting bucks who have already shed antlers, minimize stress on deer herds during the winter, and some comments from landowners to shorten the deer seasons. 8. ARSD 41:06:22:01.01 - Open units. Effect: The proposed rule would modify unit ARD-LM1 to close unit ERD-59L. Reason: To conform with the management structure and approach of other Limited Access Units, statewide antlerless archery licenses are not valid within these units. Restricting the use of these licenses on these properties is all part of the quality hunting experience. 9. ARSD 41:06:22:02 - Restricted areas -- Exceptions. Effect: The archery season end date for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, and Waubay State Lake State Game Refuge would change from December 31 to January 1, except during the firearm deer seasons established for such refuges. Reason: To conform with the season structure and management approach of all other deer seasons, it is being proposed to end deer hunting on National Wildlife Refuges on January 1. 10. ARSD 41:06:42:01 - Season established. Effect: The proposed rule would extend the trophy bull bison harvest in Custer State Park from 47 days to 61 days and move the start from the last Monday to the third Monday in November. Reason: To allow more flexibility in scheduling the 3-day trophy bison hunts. 11. ARSD CHAPTER 41:06:44 – Youth Deer Hunting Season Effect: The proposed change would rename the Chapter to Apprentice Hunter Deer Season. Reason: A rule was proposed to amend the youth deer hunting season to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44. 12. ARSD 41:06:44:01. Youth deer hunting season established. Effect: The proposed change would amend the title of the administrative rule to read apprentice hunter instead of youth. Reason: A rule was proposed to amend the youth deer hunting season to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44. 13. 41:06:44:02.01. Closed areas. Effect: The proposed change would amend the language within the administrative rule to expand eligibility to deer hunt. Reason: A rule was proposed to amend the youth deer hunting season to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44. 14. 41:06:44:04. Application requirements and restrictions. Effect: The proposed change would allow an apprentice hunter to qualify for a deer licenses under the provisions of ARSD 41:06:44. Reason: The rule is being proposed to broaden individuals eligible under ARSD 41:06:44. 15. ARSD 41:06:45:01 - General muzzleloading deer hunting season established -- Open unit -- Number and type of licenses. Effect: The proposed rule would change the availability of both any deer and antlerless whitetail deer licenses as valid only from December 1st – January 1st. Reason: Conforming with the overall approach of ending all deer seasons on the same date, a proposal has been set forward to end the muzzleloader deer season on January 1. 16. ARSD 41:06:45:02 - Open units. The following is a description of the open units: Effect: The proposed rule would modify unit MZD-LM1 to close unit ERD-59L. Reason: To conform with the management structure and approach of other Limited Access Units, statewide antlerless muzzleloader licenses are not valid within these units. Restricting the use of these licenses on these properties is all part of the quality hunting experience. 17. ARSD 41:06:46:01 - Depredation hunts established. Effect: The proposed rule would change the time-period which depredation hunts (excluding elk) may occur, from December 1st - March 31st to August 15th – March 31st. Reason: Due to crop damage that can occur during the growing season in some areas with high wildlife populations, the change would allow the use of depredation hunts to reduce crop damage. 18. ARSD 41:06:46:02 - Pool of standby hunters authorized -- Maximum permits. Effect: The proposed rule would expand the time period for pool hunters for depredation purposes from April 15th to December 31st. Reason: The expanded time-period is necessary so that a list of hunters is available should a depredation hunt need to occur prior to December 1. 19. ARSD 41:06:46:10 - Elk depredation permit fee. Effect Reason: The proposed rule would eliminate the $20 fee for depredation permit. Reason: This modification would make all depredation permit fees the same. 20. ARSD 41:06:60:01 - Season established. Effect Reason: The proposed rule would reduce the non-trophy bull bison harvest in Custer State Park from 47 days to 40 days and move the start date from the last Monday to the first Monday in October. Reason: To allow harvest to begin as soon as the animals have been identified and sorted from the bison to be sold and to allow for completion of the 1-day non-trophy hunts before the trophy bison hunts 05/03/2018 04/30/2018