PIERRE SD - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.
The closure is based on the season guidelines found within the 2014-2018 Sage-Grouse management plan for South Dakota. Those guidelines suggest a season closure if less than 150 male sage grouse are counted on priority leks and less than 250 are counted on all known lek sites. Results from the 2017 spring lek surveys indicated 77 (102 in 2016) males on priority leks and 218 (278 in 2016) males on all leks.
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