GFP asks hunters, landowners to report any dead deer

Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

The state Game, Fish and Parks Department has documented a few white-tailed deer found dead across South Dakota, and early reports point to epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD, which commonly affects white-tailed deer in the fall.

“This is the time of year when we receive these reports, and it is hard to tell the extent of the impact at this time,” said Steve Griffin, a GFP wildlife biologist. “The virus is carried by a biting midge, which can remain prevalent until a hard freeze kills the midges.”

Department staff are collecting samples from some of the dead deer, Griffin said.

Those who see deer that appear dazed, or find a number of dead deer, are asked to contact local conservation officers or call

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    Minnesotan shoots #6 bird


    TIM LANGEVIN of Minneapolis, Minn. shot the #6 bird of the Miller C & C pheasant hunt. He received a $25 gift certificate from the Hi-Lite and  $25 in Miller Community Cash. Eight pheasants were released throughout Hand County, each bearing a band good for cash or merchandise.


    Miller one of 24 towns to promote pheasant hunting

    Miller is one of 24 communities from across South Dakota that is partnering with the Department of Tourism to promote pheasant hunting during the Department’s 2011 Rooster Rush promotion.

    Miller’s C&C sponsored the fourth annual release of eight banded pheasants. Each band was worth one of eight gifts redeemable in Miller.

    Community organizations, such as regional tourism associations, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, economic development offices and civic organizations, were given the opportunity to apply for up to $500 in funding for Rooster Rush promotional materials or

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    Hunters asked to guard against grass fires

    Much of South Dakota is extremely dry, and that has created the potential for wildfires this fall.

    The Game, Fish and Parks Department is asking for diligence on the part of hunters going into fields this autumn to assist not only in the prevention of fires, but also in detecting fires.

    “Rains have brought us some very good cover with tall, lush vegetation,” said Emmett Keyser, assistant director of the GFP Wildlife Division. “This dense cover is wonderful for wildlife

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    Conservation Corner: 10-19-11

    The 2011 HuntSAFE graduates had a great pheasant hunt at Kenny Werdel’s shooting preserve this fall. The Wall Lake Club and Kenny Werdel did a great job of putting that together and the kids shot a lot of pheasants. Also, the second shotgun winner was picked during the youth pheasant hunt, and Camryn Wagner was the lucky recipient. The .243 rifle given to a young hunter for purchasing a youth deer license was won by Tanner Cain. Congratulations.

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    New state park entrance licenses available for 2012

    The 2012 annual park entrance license for South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas go on sale Oct 1.

    The 2012 park entrance license is $28 and is valid from Oct. 1, 2011, through May 17, 2013. Purchasers of one license can also buy a second at half price for $14. The license is required for entrance into designated state parks, recreation areas and lakeside use areas, although it does not cover camping costs or additional fees.

    Entrance licenses can

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    Breast cancer survivor 'always game to go' hunting


    When Ronalee Johnsen, of rural Wessington, who is an avid and accomplished hunter, thinks of October, she thinks of the colorful changing of seasons, the harvest, pheasant huntingand, because she is a breast cancer survivorthe fact that it is also, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Ronalee was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before the 2010 pheasant season began. After missing the last year’s entire hunting season, Ronalee is glad that life is getting back to normal for her and her family. She is also eager to get out there this coming weekend to experience the

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    Big game licenses still available

    The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is in the process of completing big game license lottery drawings for the 2011 hunting seasons, and licenses are still available for purchase.

    The first drawing for the East River Deer season is now complete and applications are being accepted, both online and through the mail, for the second drawing.

    South Dakota residents who have not already drawn an East River Deer license may apply for one license in this drawing. The

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    Bloomin' Crazy

    Photo by Ruth A. Moeller | The Miller Press

    BLOOMIN’ CRAZY…a single Big Boy tomato plant from K&K Greenery was given to Bernita Voelker as a gift last May, and it has grown beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Although tomatoes are slow to ripen, the plant is loaded with large green tomatoes, as well as many blooms, and if frost holds off, there will be tomatoes galore. Bernita, right, is pictured with her daughter, Lori Schneller from Canton.