The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 29, in Rapid City to gather public input on elk management and the proposed 2012 elk hunting seasons in the Black Hills.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.MDT at The Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City.

“Many hunters and landowners in western South Dakota have a strong interest in elk and elk hunting,” said Tony Leif, director of the Division of Wildlife. “The Game, Fish and Parks Commission will adopt elk hunting seasons at its April meeting in Brookings, and we have arranged a special open forum in Rapid City so residents in western South Dakota have the opportunity to express their elk-management opinions to the commissioners.”

Leif said the Rapid City meeting will start with a short presentation from GFP staff. The Commission  will then open the meeting to individuals who wish to share their thoughts on elk management and elk-hunting season proposals.

The next official GFP Commission meeting will be April 4-5 in Brookings. The public hearing on rule proposals will take place at 2 p.m. CDT in the Swiftel Center.

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