South Dakota approves new online hunter education course
Monday, 16 February 2015 07:58
Young South Dakotans can now go online to finish much of the state's hunter safety certification course.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department approved the new HuntSAFE program as an alternative to in-person classroom instruction. The online part of the course costs $15, while the classroom instruction is free.
After passing the online test, students must participate in the required, in-person HuntSAFE field day, which takes about four to six hours and includes a written final exam.
Hunter education is recommended for all hunters, but South Dakota law requires anyone younger than 16 to finish a hunter education course. Students must be at least 11 years old.
The online portion of the test is available at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota .
Hunters must remove tree stands from public lands by Sunday
Monday, 16 February 2015 07:02
South Dakota wildlife officials are reminding hunters and ice anglers of looming deadlines to remove tree stands and fish houses.
Officials say all tree stands and climbing devices must be removed by Sunday from lands owned, leased or controlled by the state's Game, Fish and Parks Department.
Fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by Feb. 28. They may be used after that date, but they must be removed from the ice on a daily basis.