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Freeze Tails for Nest Predator Bounty Program

South Dakota has a long history of trapping. Some of our first settlers were trappers looking to make their fortune on our rivers, creeks and wetlands.

Trappers were the original social distancers, leaving families and population centers for the promise of the prairies.

Now is the perfect time to practice your own social distancing and go out with your family to participate in the nest predator bounty program. Time spent outdoors is a great way to make us feel normal again, help our nesting bird populations, and put a little spending money in your pocket.

Things to remember:

With state offices closed, we are asking participants to please freeze harvested tails in a way that allows them to be counted without opening the package. When offices reopen, we will contact you and let you know we are accepting tails.

The Nest Predator Bounty Program began April 1, 2020 and will run until July 1, 2020 or until the $250,000 cap is reached.

Species include: Primary nest predators – raccoons, striped skunks, badgers, opossums, and red fox.

Time Period: An individual can harvest these five species year-round. The bounty program will run from April 1 – July 1 or until the $250,000 cap is reached.

Participation is for South Dakota residents.

Participants will receive $5 per tail for the species outlined above. Participants must submit the tail bone and entire tail of these species to receive payment. Participants can submit up to $595 worth of tails per household.