Deer

South Dakota Magazine

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 1

South Dakota Magazine managing editor John Andrews stops by to highlight a couple of features in the new November/December issue.

We joke about it more than eat it, but lutefisk is serious business in parts of the state.

Plus, we look at the tradition of winter deer hunting in South Dakota.

USDA photo by Scott Bauer

The State House Committee for Agriculture and Natural Resources has passed a bill that changes the way land owners can use hunting permits. The bill allows land owners to transfer those permits in certain circumstances.

House Bill 1094 passed by a vote of seven to six after being highly debated on both sides. The bill says people who own more than 640 acres can transfer big game hunting permits to any legal hunter in the state with or without payment. The permit could only be used on the land owned or leased by the owner.

SDSU

During tough winters, hungry deer often eat hay and other stored livestock feed. South Dakota State University researchers are currently exploring fall cover crops that will attract deer and provide nutrient-rich winter forage. Preliminary results show that turnips and radishes are the top two choices followed by peas.

The research project is in its final year and focuses on eastern South Dakota. It’s funded by a three-year grant from the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration, administered by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

USDA photo by Scott Bauer

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, there were over four thousand vehicle collisions with wild animals last year, mostly deer. 59 people were injured and one person killed. Across the nation there are about one million collisions each year that kill some 200 people and cause more than ten thousand personal injuries. The peak for collisions is in the fall when animals are on the move and drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk.