Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Hunting Report - October 2015


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SD GFP Reminds Hunters That Some CREP Areas May Be Hayed
PIERRE, S.D. – As pheasant hunting hits full stride in South Dakota, hunters may find some Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) areas with less than anticipated cover conditions. Due to a stipulation in the Conservation Reserve Program contracts, landowners are required to conduct mid-contract management (haying in most cases) on CREP acres.

“This is an important management requirement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),” said Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Wildlife Biologist Mark Norton. “The CREP partnership between the USDA and GFP has made over 80,000 acres of quality habitat available for public hunting. Managing the habitat is a necessary and mandatory part of the process.”

While some hunters may be discouraged that last year’s “honey hole” has been hayed, Norton explains the mid-contract management practice will ultimately improve future habitat conditions.

“While these land management practices – haying, light disking or harrowing – cause a short-term and temporary loss of hunting opportunity, in the long run these practices result in higher quality wildlife habitat and improved hunting opportunities. The most common management practice will be one half of the CREP area hayed one year, and next year, the other half.

“This year is one of the first years that many CREP acres fall within the required time period of mid-contract management. Next year, expect to see over half of the CREP areas with reduced cover conditions as these will also be eligible for mid-contract management.”

Norton urges hunters to scout ahead of time, if possible, to ensure they aren’t surprised on opening day.

“In many of the CREP areas, hunters won’t have to go far to find another tract of quality public ground. We just want to make sure hunters are aware of what is happening to these popular hunting areas.”





Fishing Report 

 The fishing reports have concluded for the season, and will resume in April 2016. Until then, please consider calling one or more of the businesses listed below for fishing information.


For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call  Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.