Thursday, June 20, 2013

September Canada Goose Hunting Season Proposed for South Dakota

Changes proposed by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission would adjust the start date for the September Canada goose hunting season.

The proposed change would move the start date from the first Saturday in September to September 1. In addition, the Commission proposed to modify the boundaries of Units 1 and 2 near the Missouri River. Adjusting boundaries will provide future Canada goose hunting opportunities in Tripp County and portions of Charles Mix County (east of Highway 281 and north of Highway 46) by adding these areas to Unit 2.

The season would be open from Sept. 1-30 with a daily limit of 15 Canada geese and possession limit of 30. Nonresidents are not allowed to hunt in the counties of Beadle, Brookings, Hanson, Kingsbury, Lake,      Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Turner and Union.

In addition, the Commission finalized the Youth Waterfowl season with no changes and will run Sept. 21-22. This season is open to both resident and nonresident youth who have not reached the age of 16 by the first day of the season. Limits and regulations will be the same for standard duck and goose seasons.

The September Canada goose hunting season proposal will be finalized at the July 8-9 GFP Commission meeting, which will be held in Pierre at the Ramkota RiverCentre. To view the full proposals on those seasons, visit: www.gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx and look under the "Rule Proposals" heading.

To comment on any of the proposals, send a letter to: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; or email wild.info@state.sd.us . Comments on proposal will be taken until 5 p.m. CDT on June 5. To be included in the public record, please include your full name and city of residence.

To comment in person on this proposal, the GFP Commission will host a public hearing beginning at 2 p.m. CDT as part of their meeting on Monday, July 8.