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October 2020

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South Dakota hunting license and season information Jan. 5, 2021. By Mitchell Republic Places to buy hunting licenses High Plains: Oct. 10 to Jan. 14, 2021. in Mitchell Here’s a list of what hunters need to Youth: Sept. 12-13. know ahead of the hunting seasons in Cabela’s, 601 Cabela Drive. Deer the Mitchell area. Coborn’s, 1800 N. Main St. Mentored/Apprentice: Sept. 12 to County Fair Foods, 1305 W. Havens Ave. Hunting season dates Jan. 1, 2021 Cubby’s, 1000 S. Burr St. or 1700 W. Pheasant Archery: Sept. 1 to Jan. 1, 2021. Havens Ave. Resident only: Oct. 10-12 East River: Nov. 21 to Dec. 6. Northside Sinclair, 1905 N. Main St. Statewide: Oct. 17 to Jan. 31, 2021. West River: Nov. 14-29 SoDak Sports, 515 E. Spruce Ave. *Future opening dates: The pheasBlack Hills: Nov. 1-30 Walmart, 1101 E. Spruce Ave. ant season traditionally opens on the Muzzleloader: Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, 2021. Westside Sinclair, 1527 W. Havens Ave. third Saturday in October, which is (Mentored hunting is available for Oct. 16 in 2021 and Oct. 15 in 2022. South Dakota residents only, and hunter Cost for licenses *Shooting hours: 10 a.m. Central safety practices are required for individResident fees time to sunset for the entire season. uals ages 12-16 who are not participating Habitat Stamp: $10 (First year of this rule change. Previ- in a mentored hunt.) Combination (small game and fishously, shooting was restricted to after Antelope ing): $55 noon for the first week of the season. Archery: Aug. 15 to Oct. 31. Senior combination (age 65 and Prairie chicken/grouse up): $40 Firearms: Oct. 3 to Oct. 18. Sept. 1 to Jan. 3, 2019. Junior combination (ages 16-18): $27 Fall turkey Ducks Small game: $33 Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2021. Low Plains — north zone: Sept. 26 One-day small game: $12 *For those seasons not listed here, see to Dec. 8 Youth small game (ages 12-15): $5 the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Low Plains — middle zone: Sept. 26 Department website at gfp.sd.gov. State migratory bird certification: $5 to Dec. 8 Predator/varmint: $5 Low Plains — south zone: Oct. 24 to Furbearer: $30

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CWD in deer has GF&P’s full attention Transportation rules clarified for 2020 season By Jeremy Karll Mitchell Republic The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks noted eight more counties infected by chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the fall of 2019, bringing the total to 12 counties. Now, it hopes to stop the spread of CWD — a fatal brain disease of deer, elk and moose that is caused by prion, an abnormal protein — by changing how hunters can transport and dispose of deer and elk carcasses. Any deer harvested with a statewide archery, West River archery, antlerless archery, muzzleloader, antlerless muzzleloader, apprentice deer and West River special buck seasons and any elk harvested from the proposed elk unit in much of western South Dakota within a county where CWD has been confirmed will be subject to carcass transportation and disposal requirements.

The infected counties include: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington and Tripp. “There’s been research that has indicated that prion can be leached into the soil from carcasses that are being disposed of improperly,” South Dakota GF&P wildlife program administrator Chad Switzer said. “If you bring a deer from an area that has CWD and that carcass could be a positive animal, there is a possibility of introducing CWD into an area that maybe does not have CWD.” CWD also causes the animals weight loss, behavioral changes, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, depression and loss of muscle control. For hunters in endemic areas, the disposal rules haven’t changed. If taking a carcass out of an endemRepublic ic area or from out of state, hunters A deer wanders through a field in this file photo can’t throw the carcass in a pasture anymore in order to limit the risk of “There’s been some research conThe hope is to stop the spread of spreading CWD to uninfected areas. CWD, and in turn, maintain the deer ducted in those states with their The carcasses must be disposed of via population. According to studies in radio-marked animals looking at waste management, if permitted, or Wyoming and Colorado, CWD has had a at a permitted landfill. negative impact on the deer population. CWD: Page 5

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survival,” Switzer said. “... The prevalence rate found there, even without hunting, through their population modeling, those populations are on a decline as a result of mortality rates caused by CWD.” This year, Switzer said the whitetail deer population is strong, while the mule deer population has continued to rebound. However, the deer population is still dealing with hemorrhagic diseases, such as Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease and blue tongue. The GF&P is taking a proactive approach to try to limit the effects felt by hemorrhagic diseases. “We will likely be taking some recommendations to our commision on removing some unsold antlerless deer licenses in some units to try to be a little proactive in our response to some of our losses we’re getting reports from,” Switzer said. South Dakota had a projected deer harvest of 50,736 in 2019, down slightly from 2018, according to GF&P. This estimate included 26,403 whitetail bucks, 17,735 whitetail does, 5,239 mule bucks and 1,360 mule does.

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Pheasant season filled with changes in 2020 Longer season and shooting hours among the new highlights By Marcus Traxler Mitchell Republic From new hunting hours and an extended youth season to less preseason data, 2020 is a big year for change in South Dakota pheasant hunting. In September, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted to move up the start of shooting hours to 10 a.m. for the pheasant hunting season. Traditionally, shooting hours started at noon Central time for the first week of the season, and then opened at 10 a.m. for the rest of the season. The commission also extended the season for all hunters to Jan. 31, 2021. The season previously ran from the third Saturday in October to the first Sunday in January but will now end on the same date every year. The GF&P said that the extensions provide additional opportunities for hunters and brings the state in line with other pheasant hunting states like Nebraska and Kansas. Many of the recommendations were made from the state’s pheasant marketing

work group. “It’s very exciting to offer these expanded opportunities to those who want to experience the greatest pheasant hunting in the nation,” said GF&P Secretary Kelly Hepler in a statement. The GF&P Commission also considered changing the long-standing daily bag limit from three pheasants to four for late-season hunting, effective for the 2021 season, but decided to stay with the current bag limit. South Dakota has also expanded private shooting preserve opportunities with new small-game permit types and a new $150 fee. The new licenses — either resident small game unrestricted permit or a nonresident shooting preserve unrestricted permit — allow unlimited birds to be harvested, with a few stipulations. The new licenses would only be valid if used in conjunction with an already existing license that authorizes a hunter to hunt on preserve properties, such as a one-day or five-day nonresident license, and then pur-

chase the unrestricted license as an add-on. Another stipulation is that an individual only would be able to use the unrestricted portion of their license if all members in their hunting party have the same license. Normally, the daily bag limit for pheasants on shooting preserves is 20 male pheasants during the statewide hunting season, and that limit is lowered to 15 per day from the end of the statewide season on Jan. 31 to the end of the private shooting preserve season on March 31. Earlier this year, the commission also approved a proposal to expand the youth only pheasant season. It was expanded from five days to nine days this season, running from Sept. 26 to Oct. 4. All of the changes come in the aftermath of the June news that the GF&P was discontinuing one of its most anticipated annual reports: the pheasant brood count survey, ending a 70-year tradition. The survey generally included a pheasant-per-mile index for regions around the state and a

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Republic file photo A pheasant is shown in a field in this file photo.

statewide snapshot of bird population. GF&P officials said the report has no impact on what they called the “biological side” of pheasant hunting, meaning how they set bird limits or season dates. Hepler said there was also a correlation between the statewide pheasant per mile index and the numbers of pheasant licenses sold in the state, which becomes concerning when the index is lower.

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Perfecting his craft

Matt Gade / Republic Kyle Rasmusson is a gunsmith for SoDak Sports in Mitchell.

Mitchell’s Rasmusson strives for proficiency in gunsmithing work By Ryan Deal Mitchell Republic Kyle Rasmusson’s speciality is guns. Rasmusson works diligently at building, repairing and designing all types of firearms. As a gunsmith at SoDak Sports in Mitchell, his expertise is sought out by firearms manufacturers and collectors. He handles priceless firearms passed down from generations, along with costly weapons used for hunting. But no matter the case, Rasmusson also specializes in being perfect and proficient at his craft. “I definitely try my hardest to do the best job possible,” Rasmusson said. “I really beat myself up about

the stuff that doesn’t always turn out perfect and I maybe spend a little bit more time trying to correct it or make it perfect. I definitely do take a lot of pride in the work I do here and try to do my best.” Rasmusson’s gunsmith responsibilities are wide-ranging, and he said every day brings something different. He could do general gunsmithing or custom build for a customer. He’ll assemble and disassemble, clean, repair and refinish all sorts of firearms. Rasmusson uses hand tools, power tools and machinist tools to perform his duties. In short, he compares it to other professions.

“It’s like a doctor of guns for the most part,” Rasmusson said. “You diagnose and then you treat the problem that’s happening. It’s a little bit of the engineering mechanical side of things. So if you really like tinkering with things — guys in the motor industry — definitely take apart engines. It’s kind of the same concept, but a firearm basis.” Rasmusson, 31, works on pistols, hunting rifles, military rifles and shotguns, among others. “I would say kind of our bread and butter, if you will, is Grandpa’s old .22 that was found in the barn by the kids and they want to clean it up,” Rasmusson said. “We do a lot of — I

don’t want to say full on restorations — but I’ve seen some guns that have been through hell and back.” Rasmusson was a hunter growing up in Rapid City. He’s still an avid hunter and calls himself mostly a bird hunter. He’s also hunted elk, antelope and deer. However, his first career choice was firefighting before deciding on a career change. He studied gunsmithing at the Colorado School of Trades, a two-year accredited program in Lakewood, Colorado. He joined SoDak Sports in 2016 and has built an impressive clientele, averaging close

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Matt Gade / Republic in Guns completed by Kyle Rasmusson, a gunsmith for SoDak Sports owners. their to Mitchell, ready to be given back

Matt Gade / Republic Kyle Rasmusson, a gunsmith for SoDak Sports, takes off a scope to a rifle that needs to be sent back to the manufacturer for repairs that are still under warranty.

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to 1,000 guns a year. Rasmusson also assists at the SoDak Sports location in Aberdeen, while he routinely has customers within a 60-mile radius of Mitchell. So he gets plenty of customer interaction, and that’s his favorite part of the job. “I am definitely a people person in that regard,” Rasmusson said. “So getting to hear people’s success stories on guns that I’ve worked on is always really nice.” Rasmusson’s workload has ramped up with the hunting season in full swing. When he first started at SoDak Sports, Rasmusson wasn’t accustomed to the area. “We really hit the ground running and we learned a lot in the first year

or two how to prep for it,” Rasmusson said. Now he prepares months in advance by ordering parts from major manufacturers like Beretta and Winchester. Rasmusson’s gun traffic also picks up this time of year and he receives inquiries from outside the state. He’s prepared guns for hunters as close as Nebraska and Minnesota, along with as far away as Texas. Mitchell and surrounding areas get flooded with pheasant hunters from outside the region in October. That puts even more emphasis to again be perfect and proficient. “I try to stay on a three-day turnaround time for guys, depending on obviously if I have to order parts from somewhere,” Rasmusson said. “A lot of my parts are coming out of New York, so there’s about a two-week delay period. I usually ballpark somewhere between three, four weeks to

three days, depending on the job.” And his job takes away from his hunting and personal gunsmithing time. He jokes his personal guns are the dirtiest out of everybody. But he’s also busy spending time with his wife,

Dana, and their three children. “I wish I got to work on a lot more of my guns,” he said. “On the weekends, it’s mostly occupied with family and occasional shooting.”

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A few tips for some great SD hunts By Roger Wiltz Freelance columnist Before I get into my thoughts on the coming hunting season, I frequently wonder why in today’s world, we aren’t seeing more families moving to South Dakota. Comfortable homes can be bought for less than $100,000, our post-secondary educational opportunities at schools like Mitchell Technical College are as good as it gets, children can walk safely to school and back while receiving a superior education, and there is work for those who want it. To top this off, the hunting and fishing these folks can only dream about is at our doorstep. Years ago, I came here from Chicago. I never once considered going back. In looking at the coming 2020 pheasant hunting season, I don’t believe that any South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks commissioner would tell you our department considered a four-bird daily limit and approved an extended season because we have more birds than past years. We don’t. Other than an attempt to entice more hunters, I believe it has to do with the

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Courtesy photo From left, the late Don Kaberna, Dave Isebrands and Roger Wiltz show off their deer following a deer camp in this undated photo.

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fact that an increased limit is not going to hurt our overall wild bird population. Cover is abundant, and over-hunting will be all but impossible. Now for my advice – both technical and philosophical. I’ll readily suggest later-season hunts when the crops are out and the ankle deer water has frozen over. The late-season birds are also bunched up. It’s also a time when knocking on doors gets better results. Proper choke is at the top of my technical list. Generally, a full choke in 12 gauge will throw a 30-inch pattern at 40 yards. Forty yards is a long shot and I would estimate that most of the shots we take are at 20 yards or less. A direct full choke hit at 20 yards or less makes a mess of a pheasant carcass. That tight pattern more often spells a clipped wing tip and lost pheasant. An improved cylinder choke is preferable, which will throw that 30-inch pattern at 25-30 yards. This leaves some room for shooter error. It also spells more lethal hits and fewer lost birds. We could look at a modified choke as an all-purpose, one-sizefits-all choke. Now let’s look at ammunition. Mature rooster pheasants are tough birds, so look at the fine print on the box. If your ammo has a muzzle velocity of 1220 feet per second, you are under-gunned. Think 1400-1500 FPS for maximum penetration. Some ammo gives you the old black powder equivalent in what they call dram equivalents. If the dram equivalent is 3 1/4, you are undergunned. Look for a 3-3/4 dram equivalent in 2 3/4-inch shells carrying 1 1/4 quarter ounces of shot. Shot size is also important. I have always looked at No. 6 shot as being ideal for pheasants and No. 5 shot as being acceptable. I believe in the old adage, “The harder I work, the luckier I seem to get.” This applies to pheasant hunting. When you are walking down rows of corn or milo, or when you are tramping through CRP, zig and zag. Don’t walk in a straight line. Wily ringnecks can draw a bead on your direction, and if they know you are going to walk on by, they will hold. Above all, don’t go too fast. As you walk through a field with a

HUNTING GUIDE 11 column of hunters, you are pushing or driving birds. If the end of the field is open, they might hold rather than flush. Take the time and effort to thoroughly kick around in that last 10-15 yards. It will pay dividends. It also pays to stop and pause once in a while. I am obviously high on South Dakota. We have the best pheasant hunting, and we may have the best waterfowl and deer hunting. With two of my best friends gone, deer hunting has become my favorite hunting activity. A year ago, the GF&P changed the deer license application format. We must now choose from only two units in first round applications. We could previously make first round applications for all units and depend on the luck of the draw. My two choices have been East River Deer and West River Deer. Because of the format change, I now have my first choice licenses in both units – something I have never had before. I like the new system. How good is our South Dakota deer hunting? In spite of my age and walking problems related to peripheral neuropathy, I get at least one very good buck every year, and I don’t hunt from a pickup truck or ATV. I’m patient, I pay attention to the wind, I know where to sit, and I know what I can and can’t do with my rifle. My most enjoyable hunts have had little to do with what we bagged. It had to do with sharing the hunt with the best of friends. For 35 years, a deer camp full of friends, and Sunday afternoon pheasant hunts were high points in my life. Other than the comradeship, I believe that a week of hard work made those Sunday afternoons something to work for. It has been said that toil that is over is sweet, but it is so much sweeter when followed by a favorite form of play. Good luck on your hunts, and hopefully we’ll see you next year.

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Hunting Guide 2020  

The 2020 edition of the Mitchell Republic's Hunting Guide full of great hunting tips, stories, lodges/grounds, places to go and things to do...

Hunting Guide 2020  

The 2020 edition of the Mitchell Republic's Hunting Guide full of great hunting tips, stories, lodges/grounds, places to go and things to do...