South Dakota: Non-Meandered Waters Rules Proposed
| October 10, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property at their October meeting last week.

Newly adopted House Bill 1001 requires the Department to establish specific standards for markers used to indicate closure of nonmeandered waters to recreational use. The Commission proposed the following rules:

  • Nonmeandered water closures shall be marked with buoys or Department-supplied signs.
  • Signs and buoys must be placed no further apart than 660 feet.
  • Signs and buoys shall be installed so they are conspicuous.
  • Buoys shall be of polyform design.
  • Buoys shall be red with contrasting 3 inch minimum letters stating: "Closed".
  • Buoy size shall be a diameter of not less than 14.5 inches and a length of not less than 19.5 inches.
  • Signs and buoys are to be installed, removed and maintained by the owner or their designee of the private property.


View an image of these markers here.

Any landowner who wishes to close the water overlying their flooded land on a nonmeandered water body must mark the water as closed to recreational use and notify the Department within a reasonable time of doing so. Any landowner who wishes to restrict access on a Section 8 nonmeandered lake must petition the GFP Commission to request such closure. To learn more about this process, please visit http://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/petition-form.aspx.

The Commission will finalize this proposal Nov. 2-3, 2017, at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on Nov. 2. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.

GFP Commission Proposes an Aerial Hunting Rule Modification

PIERRE, S.D. – Nonresident pilots may be able to obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) if a Commission proposal is approved in November.

"Landowners who desire additional predator control efforts on their property may be able to use nonresident pilots to assist with those efforts when necessary. There are times when some landowners desire additional predator control efforts, above and beyond what GFP and the federal USDA-Wildlife Services can provide. Because of these situations, a rule change was requested," stated Keith Fisk, wildlife damage management program administrator.

Currently, GFP administrative rule allows for only residents to obtain an aerial hunting permit.

The Commission will finalize this proposal Nov. 2-3, 2017, at the McCrory Gardens in Brookings. Written comments can be sent to wildinfo@state.sd.us. To be part of the public record, comments must be received by 12 p.m. CDT on Nov. 2. Please include a full name along with the city and state of residence. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. CDT at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.

 

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