South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

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In The Moment … July 9, 2020 Show 855 Hour 2

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks contest called Snapshot South Dakota is officially underway. This contest will focus on capturing the beauty of our outdoor resources in South Dakota. It's open to all age ranges and levels of photography experience. Joining us today with more is Allie Hoeft, she is lead graphic designer and photographer with the SD Game Fish & Parks, and Nick Harrington, he's a Digital Content Strategist also with the SD Game Fish & Parks.

Zebra Mussels Bill Passes South Dakota Seante

Feb 21, 2020
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A bill to help prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels in South Dakota lakes passed through the Senate by a 33-1 vote.


The bill requires boaters to clean and drain their boats every time they’re removed from the water.


Mike Greiner is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. He said that several inspection stations are to be created in the state.



Assistant professor Rob Lonsinger of the SDSU Department of Natural Resource Management is working on two projects related to managing bobcats in South Dakota in collaboration with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.  The first project uses information about bobcats harvested (through trapping or hunting) to identify distinct bobcat populations in the state and to see how they interact with each other.  A second project will use camera surveys, habitat sampling, and occupancy modeling to examine how features in the landscape affect bobcat populations in heavily agricultural eastern South Dak


In the Moment ... September 4, 2019 Show 651 Hour 1

From trapping to non-meandering waters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has a full agenda for this week's meetings in Spearfish. The meetings are being held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

South Dakota GF&P Deputy Secretary Kevin Robling joins In The Moment with a preview.

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The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Nest Predator Bounty Program closes on Monday after 50,000 nest predator tails were collected.

The program is part of Governor Kristi Noem’s Second Century Initiative to help increase the population of pheasants and ducks for hunting.

Keith Fisk is with the GFP. He says while this will help in specific areas, the predator population will remain substantial.


In The Moment ... July 17, 2019 Show 617 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek is back from a visit to Lake Norden where he took in the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wek also visited with an official from South Dakota Game Fish & Parks about how our above average rainfall has affected the fish population.

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Palisades State Park is under renovation for the next five years to make way for more camping space, a new welcome center, and a new entrance on the west side of the park.

The area will more than double with the addition of 250 acres of donated land.

Travis Theilan is with the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks. He says the renovations are needed for a more informative and inviting atmosphere.

Trapping Check Time Reduction Moves To Public Comment

Jul 8, 2019
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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks commission is advancing a proposal to shorten check times for trappers.

Supporters of the changes say current trap check times are excessive.

Now, trappers have more than three full calendar days west river and two full calendar days east river to check and traps and snares.

The Game, Fish and Parks commission is moving forward a proposal that reduces the trap check time to 24 hours.


In The Moment ... April 17, 2019 Show 558 Hour 1

There's an action plan for Chronic Wasting Disease from the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks. CWD is a contagious, neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose. SDPB's Nate Wek joins us with more.

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In The Moment ... April 16, 2019 Show 557 Hour 1

Scott Simpson oversees 150 park areas throughout South Dakota as the new Director of Parks and Recreation under South Dakota Game Fish & Parks.

The division has 200 full-time employees and a budget of more than $32 million.

In The Moment ... May 7, 2018 Show 331 Hour 1

Get ready to drop a line in the lake. May 18 - 20, entrance into all South Dakota state parks and recreation areas is free, and many parks host special events to kick off the summer. It's also Free Fishing Weekend, where no fishing licenses are required.

You've got a little time to prepare. Joining us today is professional angler and fishing guide Mike Frisch. He's host of the television program Fishing the Midwest. (Saturdays at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports North.)

In the Moment ... February 12, 2018 Show 275 Hour 2

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks communications specialist Chris Hull joins us to discuss how the state plans to celebrate 100 years of pheasant hunting.

In The Moment ... January 24, 2018 Show 262 Hour 1

Outdoor recreation is a part of who we are in South Dakota. Last week SDPB's Lee Strubinger brought you an update on the Open Waters Compromise.

Today we welcome Kelly Hepler, Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, for thoughts on the non-meandering waters issue as well as other agency legislative priorities.

In The Moment ... June 6, 2017 Show 108 Hour 2

From Alexander Hamilton's Church in the Hills to a new green space in Rapid City, Paul Higbee covers the territory for the May/June issue of "South Dakota" magazine. Joining us for the conversation is journalist/columnist Paul Higbee.

It's time to shake off the memory of school, lose the remote control under the couch, and launch your family into the great outdoors of South Dakota. Lynn Spomer is a Division Staff Specialist with South Dakota Game Fish & Parks. She joins us to talk about Great Outdoors Month.

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An issue that infiltrated the 1990's is catching the eye of South Dakotans who fish.

The South Dakota Supreme Court will rule on the second of two lawsuits pertaining to public access to bodies of water for recreation. It’s an issue that took center stage in Day County where several bodies of water formed more than two decades ago following heavy snow and spring rains.

Since then sportsmen have wanted access to the water that pools on private property, but landowners want their privacy. State law holds water in trust for “beneficial use” for the public.

In The Moment ...  April 10, 2017 Show 068 Hour 1

Katie Ceroll is the South Dakota Game Fish and Park division director for parks. The agency has announced a “pause” in the conversations about land exchanges in the state (Spearfish Canyon / Bismark Lake). Ceroll discusses how public input influenced the decision and what comes next in the collaborative conversation.

Pheasant Season Starts

Oct 14, 2016
Pheasants Forever

The non-resident pheasant season starts this weekend in South Dakota. Officials say pheasant numbers are down, but there is still good hunting.

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks officials say pheasant numbers saw a 20 percent decrease from last year, but are still higher than 2013 and 2014. Officials say there are still large pheasant populations in south central, southwestern, South Dakota and along the Missouri valley.

Travis Runia is an upland game biologist for the Game Fish and Parks. He says it should be another great season for the state, despite any challenges.

Caught Salmon Breaks State Record

Aug 18, 2016
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An angler on Lake Oahe has broken a state record by snagging a large Chinook salmon. Officials say this is one of many large salmon found in the lake. 

Officials Urge For Statewide Water Safety After 5 Deaths

Jul 11, 2016
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5 people have died in swimming and boating related accidents in South Dakota so far this year. 

In one case a man drowned in Pactola Lake after jumping off his boat to go swimming. In another case a swimmer without a lifejacket died in Lake Madison. 

Officials say reducing alcohol consumption and increasing lifejacket use improves the chances of an accident free day on the water.

Brandon Gust is with South Dakota Game Fish and Parks. He says accident records show the best action boaters, swimmers and kayakers can take is to wear a lifejacket.

State Parks Plan For An Eventful Weekend

Jun 27, 2016

If you're planning a camping road trip over the 4th of July you are not alone.   Officials are predicting record travel this holiday weekend and reservations at state park campgrounds are already full. Lynn Spomer is with South Dakota Game Fish and Parks. She says holiday weekends usually fill up early. She encourages visitors to still enjoy all of the parks’ activities and events beyond camping.