The South Dakota hunting seasons for grouse, prairie chicken and partridge open Sept. 15 and the Game, Fish and Parks Department is asking that hunters keep safety foremost in mind.

Fire danger has been extremely high throughout the summer, and remains so throughout much of the state. With that in mind, hunters are being asked to take precautions to help prevent range fires.

GFP asks hunters to take these basic precautions:

  • Equip their vehicles with a large fire extinguisher, shovel and water they’ll need to fight a fire.
  • Extinguish cigarettes with water or dirt or use an ashtray inside their vehicle.
  • Limit vehicle traffic to designated roads and trails.
  • Never park a vehicle over dry grass.

In addition, hunters can provide an extra safety measure by carrying a cell phone and being alert for possible fires. If smoke or fire is seen, hunters should report the fire location to local law enforcement or call 911 immediately.

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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