PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently announced that they will not distribute printed applications for paddlefish, spring turkey and special buck seasons in 2018.
Due to the decreased demand for paper applications, GFP will not print the standard run of paper applications for the seasons associated with paddlefish, spring turkey or special buck. In 2016, 24,041 applications were received for these seasons. Of that total, 1,514 (6%) were submitted using paper applications. A small number of applications will be printed to distribute to regional wildlife offices for walk-in customers who may still need to submit the paper version.
“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 do so by downloading the PDF off the website, print and mail it to the Fort Pierre licensing office. With this change, we continue to encourage individuals to apply for these (and other) seasons online at gfp.sd.gov.”
At this time, these are the only three applications that will not be printed. GFP will monitor customer input and feedback to help chart the course for future paper applications.