PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) - The cost of many South Dakota hunting licenses just went up. Governor Dennis Daugaard today signed a bill increasing the surcharge on certain hunting licenses for predator control purposes. The law includes an emergency provision that puts it into immediate effect.
Hunters will now be paying an additonal $1 for the following licenses: Resident Combination, Resident Senior Combination, Resident Small Game, Nonresident Small Game, Nonresident Waterfowl, Nonresident Early Canada Goose, Nonresident Spring Light Goose, all Shooting Preserve licenses, and all big game hunting licenses with the exception of Youth Deer and Mentored Big Game hunting licenses.
The South Dakota legislature enacted the new law to provide additional $1 funding to the state’s animal damage control fund that assists agriculture producers with predator and varmint control issues.
The fee change is now in effect for general license sales through storefront license agents and the Game, Fish and Parks online license system. The additional fee will be added to all future applicable big game licenses.