The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is encouraging experienced waterfowl hunters to take new hunters into the fields during the August Management Take and September season by holding the “(Re)Introduce The Sport” giveaway.
“Early goose seasons have warm weather, birds that decoy well and abundant access,” said GFP Wildlife Administration Chief Scott Simpson. “This is a great opportunity to take a new hunter or help a former waterfowler re-connect with the sport.”
To enter the contest, send an email to email@example.com and include name, city and phone number of both you and the new hunter along with photos of you and the new hunter in the field.
Hunters may enter themselves once for every new hunter they take afield during the August Goose Management and the Early Fall September Canada Goose season.
HIP certification required for migratory bird hunters
Migratory game bird hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting this fall.
HIP certification is required for all migratory bird hunters, regardless of age, before hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves or woodcock.
Hunter compliance is essential in order to obtain reliable national and regional estimates of annual harvest of all migratory game bird species. These estimates provide information biologists need to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits and population management.
S.D. goose hunters can help feed the hungry
Unprecedented resident Canada goose numbers have opened the door to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks to allow waterfowl hunters to harvest 15 birds a day during the first two August Management Take seasons in South Dakota and the Early Fall September Canada goose season, and in the process, donate goose meat to the needy.
Hunters will be allowed to donate their birds to Sportsmen Against Hunger, free of charge, through a number of locker processors in the state. Birds from the August Goose Management Take (Aug. 4-26) and the Early Fall Canada Goose Season (Sept.
1-21) will be eligible for donation.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that South Dakota’s resident Canada goose population index is about 270,000 this year, which is three times our management goal for this population,” said GFP Terrestrial Chief Tom Kirschenmann. “Geese damage crops, especially soybeans and corn. To bring their population down, we are doing everything we can to encourage more harvest of those geese.”
For a full list of participating processors, go to gfp.sd.gov.
N.D. August goose season set
North Dakota’s early Canada goose season is set and the season will open Aug. 15.
The limits are 15 daily and 30 in possession.
Limits and shooting hours for the early season are different from the regular season.
Shooting hours during the early season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.
Normal licensing requirements for the regular season, including a federal duck stamp, apply to the early season. Nonresidents who hunt in Benson, Ramsey, Towner, Sargent and Richland counties during the early season may do so without counting against their 14-day regular-season license.
Waterfowl rest areas, closed to hunting during the regular season, will be open during the early season. Most land in these rest areas is private, so hunters may need permission to hunt.
The early hunting season is intended to reduce local Canada goose numbers. Despite liberalized regulations including large bag limits and expanded shooting hours during the past several years, the statewide population remains high, with numbers well above population goals.
The early season ends in the Missouri River zone Sept. 7, while the rest of the state closes Sept. 15. The Missouri River zone closes early to provide additional late-season hunting opportunities by adding these days to the end of the regular season.
For additional information and regulations, hunters should refer to the Game and Fish Department website.