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South Dakota Wildlife Federation Final Legislative Report

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Session Wrap-Up:

While the final days of the legislative session weren’t without their challenges, we’ve seen some victories, a setback, and important issues left unresolved. Here’s a quick recap:

Elk Hunting Changes:

  • The landowner-on-own-land elk bill (SB 173) unfortunately passed. The SDGFP Commission will now draft rules for a landowner-only license.
  • SDWF will continue to: Monitor the rulemaking process and provide critical feedback to ensure the best possible outcomes for wildlife and fair access.


  • Pink Hunting Gear! (HB 1228): Adds blaze pink as a legal option for big game hunters, awaiting the Governor’s signature.
  • Habitat Conservation License Plate (HB 1119): Passed! Support conservation when you renew your plates.

What’s Next:

  • Final Session Day: March 8th
  • Veto Day: March 25th (the Governor has a chance to veto bills passed in the final days)
  • SDWF Advocacy Continues: We’ll stay vigilant and work to protect wildlife, habitat, and public access to hunting and fishing.

Enjoy the Outdoors! Now that spring weather is approaching, remember:

  • Go fishing and explore South Dakota’s beautiful waterways.
  • Gear up for the upcoming turkey season.

Thank you for your support! Your engagement made a difference this legislative session.

Let’s stay connected and work together for the future of wildlife in South Dakota!

South Dakota Wildlife Federation