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SD Game, Fish and Parks July Hybrid Commission Meeting

July 11 @ 12:00 pm - July 12 @ 12:00 pm

SD Game, Fish & Parks Commission’s July Meeting is in Sioux Falls, Thursday-Friday,  July 11-12th,  2024, at  Good Earth State Park,

Folks can testify for 3 minutes at 2 pm CT in person or by Zoom or phone. Visit this web page closer to the meeting date, for more details: https://gfp.sd.gov/commission/information/

We anticipate that the SDGFP staff will bring forward a new draft Mountain Lion Action Plan for an approximate 60 day comment period, with comments due in early Sept  (see our Sept Commission meeting event notices for Sept. 1st & Sept 5th-6th). We also anticipate the GFP staff submitting a proposal for new cougar hunting season rules that will apply to the Black Hills Fire Protection District (outside Custer state Park) & will allow some small amount of hound hunting of cougars in the BHFPD – with comments due in early Sept.

Once we see the draft plan we will write talking points on it.  We urge people to study our talking points on hound hunting of wildlife (not just cougars) & you can testify/comment against it at any of many Commission meetings, but especially Just 11th & September 5th. Visit our Mt Lion Action Alert web page

SD GFP normally meets on the first Thursday-Friday of the month, unless those days are close to a holiday and then the meeting week may shift. They normally don’t meet in February and August.

Written comments can be submitted at https://gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/. To be included in the public record of the next meeting, comments must include your complete name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of seventytwo hours before the meeting (not including the day of the meeting) (Usually Sunday night before midnight CT or MT depending on time zone of physical meeting)  If you miss that deadline it goes to record of the next meeting.
You can testify at GFP meetings which are held in person and by Zoom, generally at 2 pm on the Thursday of the meeting, in time zone of the meeting. If there is rule finalization(s) you get 3 minutes per each rule you want to testify on. During the Open Forum, you get 3 minutes to testify on anything.

Unless you want to communicate directly with each Commissioner  (those comments will not be in the public record)–  https://gfp.sd.gov/commission/members/  (no deadline). You can see phones and home address at this link.  Here are likely e-mails for them.
The two new commissioners  e-mails likely are:
Jim.White@state.sd.us or James.White@state.sd.us, Bruce.Cull@state.sd.us


July 11 @ 12:00 pm
July 12 @ 12:00 pm