Conservation Corner by Chad Morrow Wildlife Conservation Officer The opening of duck season is fast approaching and opens Oct. 9 for the Low Plains-South Zone region along the Missouri River. Please refer to your hunting handbook for the specific boundaries of each zone.
I've had numerous questions from local hunters regarding the current laws on the staking of islands in the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam for waterfowl hunting. As hunters begin to prepare for the upcoming season there are a few things they need to keep in mind.
The Missouri River is a border water between South Dakota and Nebraska. Hunters licensed in either state may hunt anywhere in the flowing portion of the Missouri River as long as water separates them from the mainland. The only exception to this rule includes deeded islands. In order to hunt these islands, hunters need a license from the state in which the island is deeded. Islands deeded to South Dakota include James River Island, Gunderson Island and Jones Island. Islands deeded to Nebraska include Mayfield Island and Elk/Rush Island.
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