From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 ELK SEASONS SET

Elks - photo courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five "any elk" licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four "any elk" licenses available.

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Weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., influences Y.E.S. attendee's future education

Event Marketing and Communications Manager Nicole McMahon recently caught up with 2010 Youth Education Summit alumnus Joe Bliss, who is now interning with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

2010 Youth Education Summit attendee Joe Bliss of South Dakota

Since attending the NRA Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) in 2010 Joe Bliss has had one thing on his mind: politics. Now a junior at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., Joe is double majoring in political science and criminal justice. After he obtains his degrees he plans to go to graduate school and break into state politics.

However, Joe isn't waiting until grad school to take action, he is setting the stage now to be a successful lawmaker as an intern with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). Why did Joe come to Washington, DC to work for the NRA if he wants to be a South Dakotan politician?

"I am the state director for South Dakota's Students for Concealed Carry," said Joe. "I am advocating for a campus concealed carry bill and want to have our district representative sponsor the bill in 2015."

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - Deer Hunting Seasons Finalized, South Dakota Antelope Hunting Season Proposed

DEER HUNTING SEASONS FINALIZED

Hunting pronghorn antelopes out west Pierre, South Dakota - The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized all 2013 South Dakota deer hunting seasons.

The online application process for the hunting seasons will open in mid-June. A new paper application including all deer seasons will be available later this month. Deadline dates for submission of applications will vary and are specified within the application.

East River Deer season dates are Nov. 23-Dec. 8 for all tags, and Dec. 29-Jan. 5 for antlerless tags only. The deadline for license lottery applications is Aug. 30.

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From the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks - Youth Hunter Education Challenge returns to South Dakota

youths shooting rifle at NRA's Youth hunters education challenge

Pierre, South Dakota - Young hunters will get a chance to demonstrate both their shooting abilities and their knowledge of conservation at the 2013 Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) June 15 in Mitchell.

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - Elk Seasons Finalized

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission logo Winner, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized several elk-hunting seasons for 2013.

Archery elk hunters will have 92 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses available for the season. The 2013 Archery Elk Season will run from Sept. 1-30.

The Black Hills Firearms Elk Hunting Season will run from Oct. 1-31 for the "any" elk license holders. Antlerless elk seasons will run from Oct. 16-31 and Dec. 1-15. Black Hills Firearms Elk hunters will have 620 licenses available, comprised of 445 "any" and 175 "antlerless" licenses.

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From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - GFP Commission proposes several South Dakota Elk Hunting Seasons

Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission is proposing a slight reduction in the number of licenses available to elk hunters this year.

The 2013 Archery Elk Season is proposed to run from Sept. 1-30 with 77 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses available. That is a reduction of five licenses from 2012.

This year's Black Hills Elk Hunting Season is proposed to run from Oct. 1-31 for 380 "any elk" licenses and from Oct 16-31 and Dec. 1-15 for 165 "antlerless" licenses. Changes from 2012 include a reduction of 15 "any elk" licenses and 10 "antlerless elk" licenses.

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