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Residents Only, Three Days, Noon To Sunset

PIERRE, S.D. - Beginning at noon on Saturday, Oct. 8., resident hunters can
target most of the state's public lands for three-consecutive days when
South Dakota's resident-only pheasant season opens. Shooting hours all three
days are from noon to sunset, (CDT).

"The most common question with the early resident-only season regards the
use of road rights-of-way, as not all rights-of-way are open to hunting,"
said Game, Fish and Parks Regional Law Enforcement Specialist Dave Wicks of
Watertown. "The only rights-of-way open to hunting during the early
resident-only pheasant season include those immediately adjacent to public
lands that are open to hunting."

Public lands open to hunting during this three-day season include:

* Property owned, managed or leased by Game, Fish and Parks for public
hunting.
* Property leased by the department as a Walk-In Area.
* Waterfowl Production Areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service.
* U.S. Bureau of Reclamation property.
* U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands.
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property adjacent to the Missouri
River.
* South Dakota School and Public Lands.

"Road rights-of-way immediately adjacent to private land are not open to
hunting during this season," Wicks added.

Hunters should also remember non-toxic shot while hunting pheasants.
Nontoxic shot use is mandatory for small game hunting with shotguns in South
Dakota on all:

* State Game Production Areas
* State Parks and Recreation Areas
* Lakeside Use Areas, including areas designated as State Water Access
Areas
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land
* Bureau of Reclamation land managed by Game, Fish and Parks
* Federal Waterfowl Production Areas and National Wildlife Refuges

Resident hunters may take a daily limit of three rooster pheasants and have
nine in possession taken according to the daily limit.

Shooting hours are noon (Central Time) to sunset.

Regulations for the early resident-only pheasant season can be found on
page17 of the 2005 South Dakota Hunting Handbook, which is available at GFP
offices, most license agents and from the department's website at
www.sdgfp.info.

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