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Proposal Would Extend Grouse, Partridge Shooting Hours

PIERRE – As part of a package of rules proposal changes by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission, the shooting hours for grouse and partridge would be extended this fall during the hunting seasons.
Currently the shooting hours for these upland game birds is sunrise to sunset until the pheasant season opens. Once the pheasant season opens the shooting hours revert to the same as pheasant season shooting hours.
Under rule proposals made by the GFP Commission the shooting hours for both grouse and gray partridge would be sunrise through sunset for the entire hunting season. Both seasons are scheduled to run from September 16, 2006 through January 7, 2007.
Another rule change will extend length of the pheasant hunting season for the Unit 2 area in Butte, Meade, Lawrence and western Pennington counties. The 2005 season ran for 16 days. The proposal would have the 2006 season run for 37 days from October 21 through November 26. The remainder of the state would be open from October 21 through January 7.
A minor change is proposed for the Resident Only Pheasant hunting season that will delete language in rule that links the bag limits for this season with the Youth Pheasant hunting season. The limits for the Resident Only season will be 3 roosters daily with a maximum of 9 in possession (taken in accordance with the daily bag limit).
A proposed change to the cottontail rabbit hunting season would allow private landowners to take cottontail on their property year-round without restriction. The actual cottontail hunting season would run from September 1 through February 28, with a daily limit of 10 and possession limit of 30.
Two proposed changes to the mourning dove hunting season will change the length of the season from 44 to 60 days, and remove Eurasian collared doves from counting toward the daily and possession bag limits. The mourning dove season would be open from September 1 through October 30 under this proposal.
No changes were made to several other hunting seasons, meaning that they are now finalized for this fall.
The sage grouse season will be open September 27-28. The Youth Pheasant Season will be open October 7-8. The quail season will be October 21 through January 7. The tree squirrel season will be September 1 through February 28. The crow season will be September 1 through October 31 and March 1 through April 30. The Sandhill crane season will be September 23 through November 19. The common snipe season will be September 1 through October 31.
The comment period for the proposed hunting seasons will be open up to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 5. Anyone interested in presenting a comment is encouraged to do so at any time during the comment period by e-mailing or writing to Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501. All comments must be received before 5 p.m. on April 5, and include the person’s full name and address. Comments may also be presented in person to the GFP Commission at the time of the public hearing at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 6, at the Ramkota River Centre in Pierre.

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