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GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission reviewed several furbearer seasons at their May meeting, and with no changes, the seasons will move forward for the next two years under the same season structure.

The 2017 beaver trapping and hunting season dates will be:

Year-round for counties west of the Missouri River, except the portion of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west SD Highway 79;
Nov. 4, 2017 – April 30, 2018 for all counties east of the Missouri River and portions of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79 that are not owned by the U.S. Forest Service; and
Jan. 1 – March 31, 2018 for U.S. Forest Service land in the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79.

The skunk, opossum, jackrabbit, fox, raccoon and badger season dates will be open year-round and statewide.

The 2017 mink, weasel and muskrat trapping seasons will be:

Year-round for all areas of the state, west of the Missouri River, except the portion of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west SD Highway 79; and
Nov. 4, 2017 – April 30, 2018 for all areas of the state, east of the Missouri River and portions of the Black Hills Fire Protection District south of Interstate 90 and west of SD Highway 79.

April 1, 2018 – Aug 31, 2018 will be the statewide muskrat hunting season and is only open to landowners and lessees, including School and Public Lands surface lease holders, on land they own or operate and state, county, or township highway officials within public road right-of-ways.