GFP Commission finalizes rule change to entice duck hunters


PIERRE – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted a rule they hope will recruit and encourage duck hunters into the field next fall.

To increase participation in duck hunting, the 2021 season will have two options for hunters to choose from when purchasing their state migratory bird certification permit.

Tier 1 is no change. Hunters would follow the current daily bag limits with all species-specific regulations.

Tier 2, also known as the “3-Splash Rule,” would allow hunters a bag limit of three ducks of any species and sex.

This option, which won’t take effect until 2021 and will run for a minimum of 4 years, is a joint experiment with the Central Flyway Council, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in an effort to simplify regulations and recruit more duck hunters.

To view the finalization in its entirety, visit gfp.sd.gov/commission/information. Audio from the meeting is available through South Dakota Public Broadcasting and will soon be available on the GFP website as part of the meeting archive.

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