Hunting violations consistent in South Dakota

Hunting violations consistent in South Dakota Most of South Dakota's hunters do not violate the state's hunting laws and regulations, however state Game, Fish and Parks officials say a few, whether by accident or design, do commit violations while hunting.

"Hunting violations are relatively consistent from year to year," said Law Enforcement Specialist Dave McCrea. "Although some violations are blatantly intentional, like exceeding a daily or possession limit of birds, or a nonresident purchasing a resident license, many violations occur out of ignorance, because a person simply did not take the time to learn the regulation."

According to McCrea, South Dakota's most common hunting violations are:

1) Dove season: Hunting doves within 50 yards of a public road and underage dove hunting. Another dove season problem is shooting doves from a motor vehicle.

"Many young hunters do not realize how incredibly vulnerable the dove season is," McCrea said. "In the early 1970s, dove hunting was banned statewide by a public vote, and the current season is only in place because of the dedicated effort of hundreds of South Dakota sportsmen and women. This explains why dove hunting has several specific regulations not found in other seasons. It is the hunter's responsibility to know and obey these laws to protect the future of dove hunting in our state."

2) Pheasant season: Road hunting and shooting within 660 feet of occupied dwellings, trespassing, gun protrusion/shooting from a motor vehicle and transporting birds without sufficient plumage violations.

Because of the high number of hunters who take to the field, the pheasant season is probably the one season in particular that puts landowner/sportsmen relations to the test. McCrea said that it is important for hunters to respect private property and landowner wishes at all times and to stay a safe distance from occupied dwellings and livestock when hunting road rights-of-way.

3) Deer and other big game animals: Hunting from a public road, trespassing, shooting from a motor vehicle and using a motor vehicle to chase or pursue big game.

To avoid problems during a big game hunt, hunters are reminded to seek permission from private landowners before entering private property and to pursue their quarry on foot rather than with a vehicle.

"For those who simply refuse to follow the rules," McCrea added, "the department will again be using wildlife enforcement replicas (decoys) to enforce the big game hunting laws this fall."

4) Waterfowl: Hunting/possessing lead shot and hunting after legal shooting hours.

"Waterfowl hunting opportunities abound in South Dakota, however, Game, Fish and Parks officials still encounter problems with hunters who continue to use lead shot or who can not seem to resist taking a shot after shooting hours have ended," McCrea said.

Hunting waterfowl with lead shot is illegal because it continues to poison and kill birds long after the hunt is over. Also, hunting after legal shooting hours makes duck identification difficult, which could lead to an over-limit violation or the shooting of a protected species of bird.

"The darker it gets, the more likely it is the hunter will not be able to find the bird," McCrea cautioned. "Using non-toxic shot and ending your hunt at sunset are two of the most well known waterfowl hunting laws, and there really is no excuse for breaking either one."

Hunters are reminded that the most common regulations governing hunting are printed in the 2002 Hunting Handbook. Hunters do find some regulations confusing, so they should contact their local conservation officer or GFP office if they have a question.

Vermillion Bantam/Prep

Sunday, Oct. 20

Team Name

Winning Blue Angels 18.0 9.0

Alley Cats 17.5 12.5

The Angels 17.0 10.0

The Strikers 17.0 13.0

Paul's Plumbing 16.0 11.0

The Bowl Dogs 13.0 17.0

The Gutter Guys 12.5 17.5

Team 1 11.0 16.0

The Cool Dawgs 10.0 17.0

Team 5 8.0 18.0

High Scr. Game � Boys

Tom Hagenbuch 126

Tim Miller 124

Wyatt Hunter 115

Ben Klunder 115

High Scr. Game � Girls

Lorraine Walsh 115

Kayla Styles 113

Lindsey Robinet 109

High Scr. Series � Boys

Jareod Ceretti 334

Tom Hagenbuch 325

Tim Miller 323

High Scr. Series � Girls

Lorraine Walsh 321

Lindsey Robinet 312

Sara Marker 295

Vermillion Junior/Major

Sunday, Oct. 20

Team Name

Jolly Time! 22.0 8.0

Team 3 19.0 11.0

Team 1 14.0 13.0

America's Most Wanted 12.0 14.0

Team 4 9.0 19.0

The Alley Cats 7.0 22.0

High Scr. Game � Boys

Tyler Annis 222

Shane Jensen 218

John Gregg 167

High Scr. Game � Girls

Jennifer Waage 168

Alicia Brown 168

Shannon Robinet 148

High Scr. Series � Boys

Tyler Annis 547

Shane Jensen 512

Jared Bucham 450

High Scr. Series � Girls

Jennifer Waage 427

Alicia Brown 414

Sarah Gregg 391

Ladies National League

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Team Name

Myron Trucking 137.5 99.5

Edwards Construction 135.5 104.5

Wild Bills 134 106

Green Acres Hair 123.5 109.5

Whimps 121 119

Prairie Inn 117 123

Pace's Late Night Pub 113 127

American Legion 112 128

Vermillion Beauty Shop 99.5 140.5

Tootsies Hair 97 143

Team Scratch Game

Pace's Late Night Pub 665

Tootsies Hair 642

Wild Bills 636

Team Scratch Series

Wild Bills 1847

Pace's Late Night Pub 1842

Tootsies Hair 1799

Individual Scratch Game

Mindy Barta 202

Jeanne Hagenbuch 194

Janine Dooley 191

Individual Scratch Series

Janine Dooley 533

Marilynne Kaiser 530

Stacy Barta 521

Monday Night Mixed League

Monday, Oct. 21

Team Name

LBA Interiors 134.00 76.00

AAA Travel 123.50 86.50

Vermillion Fertilizer 122.00 88.00

Gregg's Auto Body 120.00 90.00

C.L. Dean Construction 114.00 96.00 104.50 105.50

Sammelson Bros. 101.00 109.00

Fungo's Bar & Grill 95.50 114.50

Layne's World 90.00 120.00

Mark's Lawn Care 90.00 120.00

Paul's Plumbing 86.00 124.00

Vermillion Grain 79.50 130.50

High Scr. Game�Team

C.L. Dean Construction 729

C.L. Dean Construction 728

AAA Travel 717

High Scr. Game�Men

Harland Durkin 255

Layne Stewart 252

Curt Gregg 247

High Scr. Game�Women

Sandy Marker 222

Linda Jones 199

Marion Sprecher 198

High Scr. Series�Team

C.L. Dean Construction 2166

Sammelson Bros. 2033

Paul's Plumbing 1959

High Scr. Series�Men

Curt Gregg 665

Greg Sammelson 610

Harland Durkin 601

High Scr. Series�Women

Linda Jones 563

Sandy Marker 531

Mary Vlasman 508

Commercial League

Thursday, Oct. 17

Team Name

Paul's Plumbing 160.50 79.50

Choice Pharmacy 151.00 88.00

Kalins Indoor Comfort 150.00 90.00

Pro's Sports Bar 137.50 102.50

Brunick Service 122.00 118.00

Toby's Lounge 121.50 118.50

Edwards Construction 119.50 120.50

Alkota Cleaning Syst. 119.50 120.50

Prairie Lanes 107.50 132.50

Clay Rural Water 100.50 139.50

Rumple 5 Skins 95.00 145.00

Pub's Pimps 55.00 185.00

High Scr. Game�Team

Edwards Concstruction 1062

Paul's Plumbing 1051

Edwards Construction 1025

High Scr. Series�Team

Edwards Construction 3049

Paul's Plumbing 3014

Brunick Service 2812

High Scr. Game

Tim Dooley 258

Kevin Annis 258

Kevin Annis 256

Dave Reich 254

Gary Scott 545

Doug Hanson 235

Danny Brown 235

Kevin Cusick 233

Reid Jensen 224

Layne Schulz 224

High Scr. Series

Kevin Annis 719

Gary Scott 673

Tim Dooley 657

Dave Reich 654

Danny Brown 635

Doug Hanson 623

Mike Kruse 622

Dennis Tomhave 617

Mark Tipton 613

Layne Schulz 609

Late Night Doubles League

Thursday, Oct. 17

Team Name

Brunick/Podany 136.00 74.00

Scotts 127.00 83.00

Schaffer/Nelson 126.00 84.00

Annis/Kruse 115.00 95.00

Tomhave/Marker 101.00 109.00

Shutt/Turner 98.00 112.00

Kruse/Kruse 96.00 114.00

Kost/Solberg 93.00 117.00

Joy/Stewart 92.00 118.00

Hagenbuch/Dooley 66.00 144.00

Late Night Doubles League

Thursday, Oct. 24

Team Name

Scotts 151.00 89.00

Annis/Kruse 143.00 97.00

Brunick/Podany 142.00 98.00

Schaffer/Nelson 128.00 112.00

Shutt/Turner 124.00 116.00

Kost/Solberg 115.00 125.00

Tomhave/Marker 105.00 135.00

Joy/Stewart 105.00 135.00

Kruse/Kruse 104.00 136.00

Hagenbuch/Dooley 83.00 157.00

High Scr. Game�Team

Annis/Kruse 497

Annis/Kruse 496

Annis/Kruse 457

High Scr. Series�Team

Annis/Kruse 1450

Scotts 1180

Kost/Solberg 1178

High Scr. Game

Kevin Annis 279

Kevin Annis 274

Layne Stewart 266

Tim Dooley 248

Chuck Turner 238

Mike Kruse 237

Kevin Solberg 234

High Scr. Series

Kevin Annis 773

Mike Kruse 677

Tim Dooley 672

Michael Kruse 662

Chuck Turner 626

Kevin Solberg 621

Layne Stewart 603

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