South Dakota Game, Fish, and Park Commission discuss non-resident one day fishing license

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- Public testimony has swayed the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission in tabling action to eliminate the non-resident, one day fishing license.  The non-resident, one-day license does not require a habitat stamp purchase which prevents additional revenue to support projects.  Lyssa Bruzelius with South Dakota Misssouri River Tourism says there should be more options for licenses.

Mike Allen co-owns Allen’s Missouri River Guide Service in Chamberlain.  He says the change could impact 30-percent of his guide and outfitter business.

In 2022, only 12-percent of non-resident, one-day licenses purchases include the purchase of a habitat stamp.  Given public comment earlier in the meeting in opposition to the plan, Commissioner Travis Bies asked Wildlife Division Director Tom Kirschenmann about delaying the matter.

The Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted to table the decision and take up the possible change at their November meeting.