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S.D. Stockgrowers pleased with new Game, Fish & Park policies

The South Dakota Stockgrowers thanked Governor Daugaard and Game Fish and Parks (GF&P) Secretary Jeff Vonk last week for the newly announced changes to the GF&P policy directing the entry of their officers on private land.

In a letter to the Governor, Stockgrowers President Shane Kolb stated, “Your leadership on this issue has helped to address many of the concerns of private landowners and this new policy for GF&P is a significant step forward.”

“The requirement of Conservation Officers to seek permission from landowners before entering private land and the practical approach taken to direct Conservation officers in making compliance checks near roadways, pasture gates and along previously traveled routes are all very much appreciated,” said Kolb.

The new policy instructs Conservation officers to limit their intrusion onto private property whenever possible, make efforts to contact landowners for permission to access land, and to avoid interrupting hunting and fishing activities when approaching hunters. The policy does not do anything to limit or restrict Conservation Officers’ access to private land if they suspect illegal activity.

According to Kolb, Stockgrowers feel that these changes will make a difference for private landowners. “We thank Secretary Vonk and Governor Daugaard for listening to our concerns and issuing this new policy.”

The South Dakota Stockgrowers thanked Governor Daugaard and Game Fish and Parks (GF&P) Secretary Jeff Vonk last week for the newly announced changes to the GF&P policy directing the entry of their officers on private land.

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In a letter to the Governor, Stockgrowers President Shane Kolb stated, “Your leadership on this issue has helped to address many of the concerns of private landowners and this new policy for GF&P is a significant step forward.”

“The requirement of Conservation Officers to seek permission from landowners before entering private land and the practical approach taken to direct Conservation officers in making compliance checks near roadways, pasture gates and along previously traveled routes are all very much appreciated,” said Kolb.

The new policy instructs Conservation officers to limit their intrusion onto private property whenever possible, make efforts to contact landowners for permission to access land, and to avoid interrupting hunting and fishing activities when approaching hunters. The policy does not do anything to limit or restrict Conservation Officers’ access to private land if they suspect illegal activity.

According to Kolb, Stockgrowers feel that these changes will make a difference for private landowners. “We thank Secretary Vonk and Governor Daugaard for listening to our concerns and issuing this new policy.”

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