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South Dakota Wildlife Federation Legislative Update: Time to Act!

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Attention, Wildlife Warriors!

Only 8 days remain in the South Dakota legislative session, and we need your help on a critical issue: SB 173, the “landowner-on-own-land” antlerless elk bill.

Here’s the situation:

  • This bill excludes the public from applying for elk licenses, limiting access to a valuable hunting opportunity.
  • It lacks scientific justification, potentially impacting the overall elk population and hunting pressure.
  • Existing depredation rules already allow landowners to manage elk populations as needed.
  • Wildlife belongs to all of us, and public access ensures proper management and benefits the state’s economy.

What you can do:

  1. Contact House Agriculture Committee members: Urge them to DEFEAT SB 173.
  2. Spread the word: Share this alert with fellow sportsmen and sportswomen.
  3. Stay informed: Follow SDWF for updates:

Other Updates:

  • HB 1228 (pink hunting gear): Headed for Senate approval on Monday, with strong support.
  • HB 1119 (habitat conservation plate): Likely to pass the Senate on Monday.
  • Appropriations & pipelines: Focus of the final session days.

Remember: Your voice matters! Contact your legislators and oppose SB 173. Let’s protect public access to our shared wildlife heritage!

Together, we can make a difference!

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South Dakota Wildlife Federation

P.S. Share this alert and encourage others to contact their legislators!