John Cooper

The Senate Judiciary Committee has killed House Bill 1140, called a "poachers' bill" by its detractors.

The proposed legislation would have required Game Fish & Parks officers to have landowners' permission to do compliance checks on private land.

Opponents say current policies already encourage cooperation between the agency and landowners, and the bill protects hunters.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story for SDPB.

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