PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) kicks off the fourth year of the Nest Predator Bounty program as part of Gov. Noem’s Second Century Initiative. The 2022 program opens for South Dakota youth under the age of 18 on March 1. The program will open to all South Dakota residents April 1. Tails from raccoon, striped skunk, badger, red fox, and opossum will be eligible for $10 per-tail payments with a maximum total payout of $500,000.
“We were thrilled with the amount of youth participation we saw in 2021,” said Kevin Robling, GFP Department Secretary. “Getting the next generation involved in conservation and the long-standing tradition of trapping is critical to keeping our South Dakota outdoor heritage strong.”
In 2021, the program had 2,773 total participants. Of these participants, 29% were under the age of 18, up from 16% in 2020.
Tails eligible for submission can be harvested via trapping or hunting. Participants need a hunting, furbearer, or fishing license to be eligible to participate in the bounty program. Landowners harvesting nest predators for the program on their own land and youth under 18 are exempt from this license requirement.
Complete program details as well as dates, times and locations for tail submissions can be found on the GFP website. For bounty submissions outside of the listed office locations and times, please contact your local wildlife conservation officer or wildlife damage specialist.
“The Youth Trap Giveaway will also return for 2022. On a weekly basis, our team will host a drawing from participating youth trappers under the age of 18 and giveaway a prize package of three live traps, a knife and a trapping booklet. This giveaway was a tremendous success last year and made participants even more excited about getting involved in wildlife management,” concluded Robling.