Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the Custer State Park Spring Turkey Season with no changes from last season, but the commission proposed a few changes for the Prairie Season.

The 2012 season in Custer State Park will offer 135 male-turkey tags, the same as the previous three years; the season will run from April 14 – May 20.

The proposed seasons for the Spring Wild Turkey season:

  • Archery – April 7 – May 20
  • Black Hills and Single Season Prairie Units – April 14-May 20
  • Split-Season Early Prairie Units – April 14
  • Split-Season Late Prairie Units and Black Hills Late Season – May 1-20

The proposed Spring Wild Turkey Season would offer South Dakota residents 125 more male-turkey licenses and 150 fewer two-tag, any-turkey licenses. Non-resident tags would decrease by 19 one-male-turkey licenses, but increase by 28 two-tag, any-turkey licenses.

The Black Hills Unit would offer unlimited resident and nonresident one-tag, male-turkey licenses. The Prairie Unit would offer 2,885 resident and 20 nonresident one-tag, male-turkey licenses, and 5,310 resident and 395 nonresident two-tag, any-turkey licenses.

Archery Spring Turkey Season tags would be unlimited one-tag, male-turkey licenses.

Comments on the proposed season can be e-mailed to wildinfo@state.sd.us or mailed to SD GFP, 513 Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD, 57501. Public comments will also be allowed at 2 p.m. during the GFP Commission meeting, Thursday, Dec. 1, at the AmericInn in Fort Pierre.

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