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2005 Sage Grouse Season Proposal

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's 2005 sage grouse hunting season has been
proposed for Sept. 28 and 29.

"Under the Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal, this year's sage grouse
season would move from the Wednesday and Thursday following the third
Saturday in September to the Wednesday and Thursday following September's
fourth Saturday," said GFP Regional Wildlife Manager John Wrede of Rapid
City. The season would be open to all residents and nonresidents who hold a
South Dakota small game license.

Wrede noted that the 2005 season will be the sixth consecutive year for a
sage grouse hunting season, following 20 years of season closure. "The
limited season provides an extraordinary opportunity for bird hunters, and
concurrently, allows the collection of biological data from harvested
birds," he said. "This information aids in determining the range, status,
sex and age composition of the sage grouse population."

To comment on the proposal, people can attend the public hearing at 2 p.m.,
Thursday, July 7, at The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, or write Game, Fish
and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501. E-mail comments can be sent
to Comments must include full name and address.

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