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New SD volunteer hunter program links hunters, landowners

From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department

-- Building on the success of the Voluntary Antlerless Deer Program, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has expanded the program to include antelope, deer, turkeys and Canada geese.
 
The new Volunteer Hunter Program allows hunters to use a Game, Fish and Parks website to add their names on a list that will allow them to be directly contacted by landowners willing to open their property to those hunters.
 
In certain portions of the state, game populations exceed population management objectives, according to Keith Fisk, wildlife damage program administrator. “Hunting remains our most effective tool for managing wildlife populations, and this program is a simple and effective way of linking hunters with accommodating landowners.”
 
Hunters will need to have the appropriate license before joining the program.
 
They can access the Volunteer Hunter Program with the same usernames and passwords they have used to apply for licenses through the online licensing system. Landowners can view the list of willing hunters on the Web site page.
 
Hunters and landowners may access the online Volunteer Hunter Program at http://www.state.sd.us/applications/GF75VolHuntersAntlerless/Intro.aspx 
 
For more information, contact Game, Fish and Parks by e-mail at wildinfo@state.sd.us

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