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NEED YOU ACTION ON HB 1184, and SB 150, please email or call them before Tuesday!

HB 1184 provide limited deer and antelope licenses to landowners.

SDWF opposes this bill.

While we sympathize with nonresident landowners, this bill gives guaranteed any deer tags and free doe tags to nonresident landowners and their families. The problem is as a resident who again supports SD businesses, sales taxes we have to apply and hope to draw a tag, this would guarantee those who qualify a deer tag yearly.

 This bill could potentially remove thousands of deer and antelope tags from the pool of licensees now currently available, including those that go to resident landowners.

 Please note landowners tags also go people who operate or lease private lands for agricultural purposes. There is already fraud and abuse in the current system, and this bill may exponentially increase the number of “landowner” tags in a manner which is nearly impossible to detect or prosecute.

We feel if this passes, the current system of landowner preference for residents must be changed, but there is no political will to do so. Therefore, average sportsmen and women can expect a large reduction in deer hunting tags and opportunities.

PLEASE ask the members of House Ag. To vote NO on Tuesday morning on HB 1184.

House Ag. Members; Brunner, Thomas (R)Chase, Roger (R)Finck, Caleb (R)Glanzer, Bob (R)Lesmeister, Oren (D)Livermont, Steve (R)Marty, Sam (R)Mulally, Tina (R)Otten, Herman (R)Overweg, Marty (R)Peterson, Kent (R)Pourier, Peri (D)Wangsness, James (R)

SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. Is in Senate Ag. Tuesday morning, 2-18-2020 at 10 am Rm 414.

SDWF strongly opposes. The bill has the potential to double the hunting pressure in South Dakota, making it a lose-lose proposition for the vast majority of waterfowl hunters, resident and nonresident alike, who are not using guide services or pay-to-play operations.

 In addition, the bill removes the GF&P commission’s requirement to determine that adequate waterfowl hunting public access has been provided through the department’s land acquisition and development fund or through other means.

This bill was written by outfitters for outfitters, with no regard to the long term consequences of the privatization and commercialization of wildlife. The lottery draw for licenses is eliminated at the sole request of Alex Russo (Flat land Flyways) – he doesn’t like the current application process.

If SB 150 passes, it would combine the existing 4,000 10-day licenses and the 2,000 3-day licenses into 6,000 nonresident, two 5-day waterfowl licenses.  Nonresident waterfowl hunters would be able to return for a second hunt. We estimate that 20% will return so we will see an additional 2,000 nonresident hunter trips. The GFP Commission would retain their authority to increase nonresident permits by 5% per year but now the start number is 6,000 not 4,000.  SB 150 will increase nonresident waterfowl hunting opportunity by 14,000 hunter days or an increase of 31%.

Write the Senate Ag members, (listed below) and all other Senators and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 150 it is time to work on recruiting, retaining and getting the resident hunters back into the field, 2019 was the lowest number of resident hunters buying hunting SD, since 1938. It’s time to invest in resident hunters!

Senate Ag. Committee members. Blare, Rocky (R)Cammack, Gary (R)Ewing, Bob (R)Foster, Red Dawn (D)Heinert, Troy (D)Klumb, Joshua (R)Otten, Ernie (R)Soholt, Deb (R)Youngberg, Jordan (R)

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Senate 773-3821

House 773-3851

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