GFP Announces Hunt for Habitat Winners

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) has announced the winners of the 2021 Hunt for Habitat raffle.

Part of Governor Noem’s Second Century Initiative, the Hunt for Habitat raffle supports habitat enhancements on public lands across South Dakota. This year, the raffle raised $329,920 to improve habitat in South Dakota. Since it’s first year in 2019, the raffle has raised over one million dollars and improved over 7,000 acres of public land.

“The Second Century Initiative ensures that South Dakota continues to be the best place in the world to hunt pheasants,” said Governor Noem. “Our ringnecks need quality habitat to thrive, and the Hunt for Habitat raffle helps make that a reality. Thanks to everyone who participated!”

“Habitat is the foundation to wildlife management,” said Kevin Robling, Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks. “The money raised through this raffle is going to be put to work enhancing habitat on public lands across the state.”

The money raised through the Hunt for Habitat supports grassland restorations, woody habitat improvements and pollinator plots on public lands.

The Hunt for Habitat raffle offered four prizes and was open to residents and nonresidents.

One winner received a Custer State Park Trophy Bison license.
Three “triple tag” winners were drawn to receive an antelope, deer, and elk license. Nonresidents were eligible to win one of the three “triple tag” prizes.
The Custer State Park Trophy Buffalo license goes to Tim Lindholm of Rapid City, South Dakota.

The three “triple tag” winners are Joel Kemnitz of Wolsey, South Dakota, Jeff Wagner of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Alex Dohman of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Winners may use their licenses in either the 2021 or 2022 season. Each winner will also choose the weapon and season in which they will use their tag. GFP will contact the winners to receive instructions on claiming their prize.

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