South Dakota Fish and Game Department
FIRE STIMULATES GROWTH
PIERRE - State Game, Fish and parks officials say a prescribed fire at Custer State Park will help stimulate the area’s natural vegetation and wildlife.
Park Director Rollie Noem said nearly 2,000 acres of grassland and forest were burned Wednesday, May 1. An additional 800 acres were burned at adjoining Wind Cave National Park.
This was a joint venture between the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the National Park Service, Noom said. Although we have worked together on prescribed fires in the past, this was really the first time we have planned a prescribed fire to include acreage in both parks. It allowed both of our agencies to accomplish specific management objectives more efficiently than conducting two separate burns. Noom said fire is a natural part of a forest’s lifecycle. The prescribed fire will perform the following benefits:
The burn area is located along the two parks’ boundary, east of Highway 87.
- Promote even grazing over the entire unit.
- Stimulate growth of herbaceous shrubs.
- Reduce encroachment of ponderosa pine into the grassland ecosystem.
- Simulate natural fire occurrence.
- Reduce fuel loads to lower the likelihood of catastrophic wildfire
- Protect hiding cover for elk and dear in designated areas
- Remove pine regeneration in Coe Pocket to maintain this area as a meadow.
FALL TURKEY FINAL
PIERRE - Fall turkey season has been finalized, with an increase in the number of available licenses raising the total number of tags from 3,360 to 4,175. Other changes include:
There would be no Black Hills season, and the Prairie season would be open from October 1 through December 22.
- Close the season in Marshall and Roberts counties.
- Open the season in the southern portion of Charles Mix County.
- Change the season ending date for all prairie units to December 22.
- Change the license type In Unit 111A and 141A from 36 - two any turkey - to 18 - one any turkey.
- Change the license types available in Units 12OA, 130A, and 149A from 18 - one any turkey - to 36 - two any turkeys.
YOUTH DEER FINAL
PIERRE - The 1996 Youth Deer season will have fewer licenses, and several other changes, in rules adopted by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The reduction in license numbers from about 3,800 to 2,800 is primarily in response to the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease last summer, according to wildlife officials.
The other changes divide Minnehaha County into two hunting units, and combine Units 803A and 803B in Brown County into one unit. In addition, the closure of public lands along the Missouri River in Sully County has been eliminated. In 1995 those public lands were closed in an attempt to encourage an antlerless deer harvest. The effort was not successful, so the closure was not recommended for 1996. Sully County will offer 25 licenses instead of the 50 in the proposal a month ago. In the Black Hills, the boundary for Youth Deer Unit 821 C in Custer County was moved west to Wyoming border to correspond with a similar Black Hills unit.
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