Suddenly, trappers must start get gear off South Dakota public lands

Capitol News Bureau
KELO Game Fish and Parks Department

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The other shoe dropped Tuesday for South Dakota trappers.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Department announced trapping on public lands and improved rights of way must stop by May 12 and all equipment must be removed.

This came one day after the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee rejected an extension to September 1.

The legislators’ decision meant the May 1 deadline stayed in place.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission had adopted the rule change April 5. But the Legislature’s rules panel has the final word.

This affects the new nest-predator bounty program that began April 1. It pays $10 per tail for raccoons, badgers, striped skunks, opossum and red fox. The program was started at the request of new Governor Kristi Noem.

The department’s announcement said trapping is allowed on private land with landowner permission at any time when a furbearer season is open.

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