PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently announced that they will not distribute printed hunting applications for the upcoming fall turkey and mountain lion seasons due to the decreased demand for paper applications.
In 2017, 4,663 applications were received for these two seasons. Of that total, 341 (7.3%) were submitted using paper applications.
“We send a large quantity of applications to our licensing agents across the state, and they’re just not getting used,” said Shon Eide, GFP licensing program administrator. “Individuals who wish to still submit a paper application can download the PDF off the website, print and mail it to the Fort Pierre licensing office or request a paper copy from their regional GFP office. With this change, we continue to encourage individuals to apply for these (and other) seasons online at gfp.sd.gov.”
Earlier this year, GFP stopped printing paddlefish, spring turkey and special buck applications. GFP will monitor customer input and feedback to help chart the course for future paper applications.