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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission is looking to get more clarification and a proposed change to the laws regarding hunting groups. According to current legislation, no more than twenty people are allowed to hunt in one group.

This rule does not count against those hunting jackrabbits or predators. However the rule also does not distinguish between hunter and observer. According to current guidelines, anyone who is within the group is counted on the list.

For some this had led to confusion and meant that some hunting groups have been technically over the limit. Pheasant hunting has been particularly affected and hunting groups would welcome more clarification and direction on the matter.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission are hoping this definition can be changed. They believe that only those who are carrying a firearm or bows should be counted. Any guides, walkers, observers or drivers would not be counted against the twenty hunter limit.

At the same time, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission also believe there should be no participant limit when hunting predators or varmint.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will finalise their proposal during a meeting being held on April 1-2. The meeting will take place at the Brookings Days Inn in Brookings, South Dakota.

You can view the proposed changes to the rules in their entirety at https://gfp.sd.gov/agency/commission/default.aspx.

If you wish to make a comment on the proposed changes, you can send it to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, or email wildinfo@state.sd.us. If you want your comments on public record and included in the meeting, ensure all comments are received by 12 pm CDT on April 1. Each comment must have your full name and city of residence attached.

What are your thoughts of the proposed changes? Will it make a difference?

Let us know in the comments below.


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