HB1104 Revises provisions regarding the arrest of victims of domestic abuse.

Lawmakers debate requiring paid sick days each year. Measure fails.

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is moving a bill forward that changes an eligibility requirement to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

House Judiciary committee is passing legislation to increase penalties for those who pay money for sex. HB1110 adds that a person convicted of one or more violations within a decade is a Class 6 felony.


The Mickelson Trail cuts through the middle of the Black Hills. But it doesn’t connect to Mount Rushmore.

A new non-motorized path could change this. The Forest Service is taking public comments on the proposed Rushmore Connector Trail.

The path would zig-zag across national forest land, starting at Hill City and eventually ending at the Mount Rushmore parking lot.  

Officials say SD Game, Fish & Parks applied for a permit to construct the roughly 16 mile trail about three years ago.  

South Dakota Mountain Lions

Apr 2, 2013

The mountain lion hunting season in the Black Hills has come to an end.  This year hunters were allowed to harvest up to 100 lions.  However, Game Fish and Parks officials say the fact that hunters harvested just 61 mountain lions likely shows the numbers of the big cats are now down in the Black Hills.  They say the lions are a renewable resource and their numbers will again return.  But critics see a red flag.  They say the GF&P allowed over-hunting of the cats. 

State GF&P: Hunting And Fishing Dodge Sequester

Mar 5, 2013

State officials say hunting and fishing enthusiasts won’t see a big impact from the federal budget sequester.

Federal dollars used to manage wild game and fish in South Dakota may take a hit in the short term.    But, officials with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks say the sequester cuts won’t impact long term funding.  

By Victoria Wicks  
   The Secretary of Game Fish and Parks is looking for state funding for three projects. Jeff Vonk appeared before to the Joint Appropriations Committee of the South Dakota legislature on Thursday, Jan. 10.
   If the legislature approves a new designation, South Dakota will have a new state park for the first time since 1973. Jeff Vonk says Blood Run near Sioux Falls is an early civilization cultural site significant to American Indians.