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SD turkey season starts as fall hunting season dates set

Several hunting seasons have been set for next fall, as turkey hunters head out this weekend for the start of South Dakota's spring season.

Archery turkey season started Saturday and the traditional prairie, Black Hills and Custer State Park firearms turkey seasons begin April 11. Both run through May 17.

Game, Fish and Parks commissioners reviewed several small game seasons at their meeting this week and made no changes from last year.

Pheasant season will run Oct. 17 to Jan. 3; grouse (prairie chicken, sharp-tailed and ruffed), Sept. 19 to Jan. 3; cottontail rabbit, Sept. 1 to Feb. 29; crow, Sept. 1 to Oct.31 and March 1 to April 30, 2016; mourning dove, Sept. 1 to Nov. 9; and partridge, Sept. 19 to Jan. 3.


South Dakota elk and mountain goat season details released

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has set the dates for the 2015 elk hunting seasons and also reopened the mountain goat season.

Commissioners this week finalized the allocation of firearms and archery elk licenses for Custer State Park, the Black Hills and the prairie.

They also re-opened the mountain goat hunting season for the first time in the state since 2006. The season will offer two any mountain goat licenses and will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31.

More information on the South Dakota elk hunting seasons is available at and details on the mountain goat hunting season are at


Valentine V-Kids 2015 Midwest Classic National Tournament in Kearney, NE

Valentine V-Kids Competed in the 2015 Midwest Classic National Tournament in Kearney, NE on April 3rd.

James Brown and Tristin Grooms placed 9th.

Logan Mayhew placed 8th.

Ashton Lurz placed 7th.

Broden Westover placed 6th.

Drake Janseen placed 4th.


Valentine Wresting Club 2015 Midwest Classic National Tournament in Kearney, NE

The Valentine Wresting Club competed this past weekend, April 3rd and 4th, in the 2015 Midwest Classic National Tournament in Kearney, NE.


10 and under: Gunnar Battershaw - 2nd Place

15 & under: Gage Krolikowski: Champion; Jordan Kelber - 2nd Place

18 & under: Noah Eklund: 6th Place

Also competing in the tournament were: Brody Benson, Jarrett Battershaw, Cody McBride, Braxton Coleman, Kyle Critchfield, Stephen Young and Garrett Long


Caleb Long and Chase Olsen competed on the Nebraska Team for the AAU Middle School National Dual Championships in Des Moines, IA.

Chase Olson had 5 wins and 3 losses.

Caleb Long had 7 wins and 1 loss.

Both were classified as AAU All-Americans.


Website offers tips on SD aquatic invasive species rules

A new website is available to anglers and boaters about new rules intended to slow the spread of invasive species.

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks launched the site ahead of the rules expected to take effect in mid-May.

The site includes the new laws and regulations; species information related to zebra and quagga mussels, Asian carp and invasive plants; boat washing techniques and locations; a map depicting water bodies and any invasive species it might contain; and other details.

GFP also created the hashtag #sdleastwanted so anglers and boaters can share what they're doing on social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The new rules require several prevention actions, including the removal of vegetation and aquatic invasive species from boats and boat trailers.


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