Legislators’ Order Leads to a Special Meeting for South Dakota Game, Fish and Park Commission

Friday afternoon saw a real political brawl since the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission called for a special meeting on May 23rd.

The Meeting Details

The forthcoming teleconference scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. will cover several topics. The newly elected governor Kristi Noem proposed these topics back on May 6th. Unfortunately, they were repealed by the Legislature Rules Review Committee.

Four out of six committee legislators, together with the governor herself, belong to the Republican Party. But, they do not entirely agree with the governor’s outdoor ideas and intentions.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will not livestream the meeting. The recording, however, will be available on the commission’s official website — gfp.sd.gov

The Topics

The topics the conference will cover include the following:

  • Complimentary access to the West Bend State Recreation Area for registered members of Crow Creek;
  • Application fees along with procedures for fresh bundles of big-game hunting licenses chosen via a lottery;
  • Lengthening the hunting season until the end of August on civil lands and roads for particular species such as red foxes, badgers, opossums, striped skunks, and raccoons.

Instead of applying the proposals, the lawmakers decided to send them back to the GFP Commission.

The rejection of the rules forced the commission to immediately call for traps to be cleared away. The deadline is May 12th in areas that used to be closed by May 1st.


Governor Noem asked the commission to allow as many as three packages of big-game hunting licenses, as well as a Custer State Park license for bison hunting. This is included in Noem’s Hunt For Habitat program.

Numerous hunters have challenged the governor’s program that requires them to pay a $10 sum for a tail of a raccoon, red foxes, badgers, striped skunks, and opossums. The program itself exceeds the sum of $500,000. The governor perceives hunters as a danger to peasants and hunted birds, particularly in the nesting period.

In addition, the refusal of the lawmakers to allocate $1 million to governor Noem to finance habitat programs, along with other invested money, has unexpectedly emerged.

Assessing the Meeting

Four locations for the Thursday conference are at residents’ disposal:

  1. Sioux Falls, GFP Regional Office (Outdoor Campus East), 4500 S Oxbow Avenue;
  2. Watertown, GFP Regional Office, 400 W. Kemp Avenue;
  3. Pierre, GFP second-floor conference room, Foss Building, 523 E. Capitol Avenue, and
  4. Rapid City, GFP Regional Office (Outdoor Campus West), 4130 Adventure Trail.

Commenting is also available on the commission’s website http://gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ … or via mail to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

Jon Kotilnek, the GFP Commission advocate, announced on Friday that Monday is the deadline for residents to submit their comments. But, he added that the Commission is always trying hard to cover each comment received beyond the deadline. He explained that comments might arrive on the very day of the meeting due to some logistics issues. The Commission is doing its best to include all the comments that are promptly delivered.

The agenda for the meeting is available at: https://gfp.sd.gov/UserDocs/nav/NOTICE_OF_SPECIAL_MEETING_and_AGENDA_-_May_2019.pdf …
Audio proposals are given at:  http://www.sd.net/blogs/archive/2019/05/06/listen-to-todays-rules-review-interim-meeting-5/.

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