PIERRE, S.D. – In late August, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) received a petition for rule change to establish an elk raffle license that would be valid during the Black Hills elk hunting season.
The petition was accepted by the GFP Commission earlier this month in Yankton as a proposal and is now open for public comment through Oct. 4. As proposed, this raffle license would be available for qualifying residents only and would be made available to 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to wildlife management to apply for the opportunity to use as a fundraiser. Funds raised would be used for wildlife management; which may include, but is not limited to habitat, research and other management activities. The petition also requested the license be made available in any unit where an any elk license is allocated; excluding Custer State Park.
The public hearing will be Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. MDT at Cadillac Jacks in Deadwood. Individuals can also provide written comments on proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or online at https://gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing.