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SB 150 an act to revise nonresident waterfowl licensure. Will be scheduled for Senate Floor action on Wed. 2-19-2020.
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. , the bill removes a funding mechanism (dollars taken from the sale of nonresident licenses) to partially fund the access program.
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 All Senate members, 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 not time to expand Non-resident opportunities at the expense and demise of our resident hunters! 2019 was the lowest number of resident hunters buying hunting lic.in SD, since 1938. It’s time to invest in resident hunters!
How to contact your Legislator:
Go to http://sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/ContactLegislator.aspx?Session=2020 this will pull up all members of the House and Senate simply click on the Legislator you want your message sent to and create or paste your message.
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Please write your response in your own words. It is fine to use our suggestions, but best if you do not simply just copy our points. Make your message a personal note from you to them. Include a family fishing picture if you have one for effect. As always, be polite and respectful.
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