The state House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would restrict the ability of conservation officers to enter private land.

Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration introduced the bill. It says officers from the Department of Game, Fish & Parks would need permission to go on private property.  

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A quick read of South Dakota history tells you that trappers were among the first settlers in South Dakota. Since 2019, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Nest Predator Bounty Program has been underway to boost pheasant populations while at the same time encourage the next generation of South Dakota trappers.

It’s 4:30 on a February morning when Douglas Holum, and black labs Lily and Ava head out to check box traps on more than 600 acres of Conservation Reserve Program grassland near Mitchell.

Kevin Woster

Sep 3, 2020

In The Moment ... September 3, 2020 Show 895 Hour 1

September means the beginning of fall and the beginning of hunting season for some game animals. But it also marks a very different kind of season for SDPB blogger Kevin Woster. You can read his blogs on our 

On the Other Hand: Outdoorsmen Adjust

Apr 16, 2020

In The Moment ... April 16, 2020 Show 797 Hour 1

For today's On the Other Hand conversation, we welcome Kevin Woster, along with special guest John Cooper. Cooper served as the state Game, Fish & Parks Department secretary for more than 12 years, serving two governors. He took that role after a 23-year career as a federal game warden and multi-state law enforcement supervisor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Woster writes about Cooper and about the pandemic online for SDPB. You can find the work at  



In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

A new episode of Dakota Life includes everything from a World War II aircraft to South Dakota's love of chislic.

SDPB Producers Melissa Hamersma Sievers, Bob Bosse and Brian Gevik share stories about their inclusions to the November episode. It airs Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association


In The Moment ... October 16, 2019 Show 680 Hour 1

Pheasants were introduced to South Dakota in 1908 and pheasant hunting became a thing in 1919.

The 2019 pheasant season opens this weekend, the 100th year of pheasant hunting in South Dakota. SDPB's Nate Wek recently visited Aberdeen where the city is blaze orange with pheasant fever!

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... October 3, 2019 Show 672 Hour 1

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster talks about dealing with divorce through exercise, hunting and fishing.

Read about his "divorce bike" in this very personal On the Other Hand blog entry.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 21, 2019 Show 540 Hour 1

Kevin Woster joins us to discuss a recent predator trap initiatve from Governor Noem's office.


In The Moment ... February 7, 2019 Show 511 Hour 1

All wild game is not the same at the table! From the "ribeye of the sky" to "sky carp," SDPB blogger Kevin Woster takes us inside the world of eating what you kill.

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Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 12, 2018 Show 314 Hour 1

Should the use of game snares on public land be restricted in South Dakota? If you're a trapper, you might have one opinion. If you've had to untangle a snare from around the neck of your hunting dog, you might have another.

SDPB's Kevin Woster writes about the topic this week on his blog On the Other Hand.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 7, 2018 Show 291 Hour 2

Bill Marketon is State Chairman for South Dakota Ducks Unlimited. He joins us to talk about the conservation organization.

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us for a conversation about life in the wild and the quest to see a mountain lion in South Dakota. Find his blog here.

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.


In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

Kevin Woster is ready for the pheasants. And if the birds are scarce, the conversation is still robust and the Sloppy Joes are still warm.

In The Moment ... September 14, 2017 Show 177 Hour 1

Arthur C. Jones is a professor in the department of musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He is the founder of the Spirituals Project—a nonprofit organization working to preserve and revitalize the music and social justice teachings of African American spirituals. In January of 2017, Jones spoke with SDPB’s Lori Walsh about the importance of preserving this specific piece of musical history. They begin with the origin of his research.

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South Dakota’s Secretary of Tourism says you should take Friday off. It’s National Travel and Tourism week, and state officials are seizing the opportunity to lure people away from their desks and into the wild. They also celebrate South Dakotans who promote tourism in their everyday work. 

Workers at the South Dakota Department of Tourism have a long week promoting their industry. Secretary Jim Hagen says an expectation remains: employees should use their paid time off.


In The Moment ... February 9, 2017 Show 027 Hour 1

"Dogs exhibit heroism under fire in extreme combat," says Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City who will talk about his Vietnam War experiences as a dog handler, while headquartered at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  Sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, the free family event on Saturday, February 11 will take place at Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum, starting at 9 am.

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.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

States Regulate Drone Use in Hunting

May 11, 2016

Drones are gaining in popularity.   They are seeing increased use in commercial applications like real estate.  And, even some use in law enforcement.   But there is one thing many wildlife officials say drones shouldn’t be used for… hunting. Wyoming just passed a restriction on drone use in hunting.  Other states are considering proactive measures to maintain ethical hunting practices.

Lead Killing Some Bald Eagles In South Dakota

Apr 19, 2016
John Gilman

Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown has cared for three eagles with lead poisoning this year. They may ingest a lead fishing weight, or eat contaminated meat…either another bird with lead poisoning, or fragmented bullets on deer carcasses.


The South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society is celebrating 50 years in the state. Shane Mahoney is keynote speaker for their annual meeting. He’s the president and CEO Conservation Visions Incorporated. He’s a scientist, a film maker, a writer, a wildlife manager, and a policy innovator.

A new initiative aims to help South Dakota landowners maintain wildlife habitat on their property. Habitat Pays is a joint venture between the state departments of Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks.

Be Healthy For The Hunt

Sep 28, 2015

Hunting season may be a good time to check in with your doctor to make sure your body is ready for the increased activity. Here are some tips on being healthy for the hunt.


Hunting Film Tour

Gary Gillett is the founder of the Hunting Film Tour. The Hunting Film Tour, in its third year, is an exhibition of hunting films that celebrates the conservation side of hunting. The idea is to showcase quality filmmaking about hunting, to dispel the myths surrounding hunting and to show as many people as possible that hunting and hunters are the driving force behind conservation efforts in North America.

Black Hills Lion Shot In Bluegrass State

Aug 25, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

The state of Kentucky is about 1200 miles from the Black Hills but that might not be too far for a mountain lion to roam.   A Black Hills mountain lion turned up in the Bluegrass State recently.

The 5 year old male was treed by a dog near the town of Paris, Kentucky and local officials shot the animal citing public safety concerns.  Later genetic testing showed the big cat is related to the Black Hills population.

More Pheasants Expected for Hunting Opener

Oct 15, 2014
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Saturday is South Dakota's pheasant opener and hunters should find more ringnecks in comparison to last year. The state Game, Fish and Parks annual brood count survey showed a 76 percent statewide increase in the pheasants-per-mile index over 2013. Last year’s sharp decline in pheasant numbers led to Governor Daugaard’s creation of the Pheasant Habitat Work Group. The group presented its recommendations in September.

Accelerator Boot Camp

Aug 15, 2014
South Dakota Technology Business Center

Cara Hetland hosted today's Innovation program from the South Dakota Technology Business Center in Sioux Falls where she visited with several entrepreneurs at the annual Accelerator Boot Camp.  Pam Boehm, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager at the Technology Business Center, discussed this year's boot camp.

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Chinese ring-necked pheasants were first successfully introduced in South Dakota in 1908 in Spink County. That was also where the state’s first pheasant hunting season took place.

Today pheasant hunting is big business in the state. According to the South Dakota Department of Tourism, pheasant hunting generates an estimated 223 million dollars annually. But pheasant numbers have been falling since 2007. Concern about the declining pheasant population and its statewide impact led Governor Dennis Daugaard to form a pheasant habitat task force.

2014 Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends

Apr 1, 2014

Mountain Lion hunting season ended Monday. This year’s quota was 25 fewer than last year’s of 100. But as of Friday, only 52 lions had been harvested. There’s a lot of data that goes into determining the mountain lion quota and it’s up to a Game, Fish and Parks commission to consider that data, plus input from mountain lion enthusiasts and protectors to set a limit.