South Dakota predator bounty program begins

A statewide bounty program launched Monday, April 1, with the goal of protecting pheasant nests and getting South Dakotans interested in trapping in the process.

As part of Gov. Kristi Noem’s Second Century initiative, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will offer a $10 bounty for each nest predator tail trapped from now until Aug. 31, or until the $500,000 cap is reached.

“The nest predator bounty program, (aims) to, first and foremost, get people outside, get them excited about the outdoors, having them try, maybe, an outdoor activity that they haven’t tried in the past, like trapping,” said Keith Fisk, wildlife damage program administrator for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. “A secondary component of that would be to initiate predator removal in some areas to hopefully boost pheasant and duck nest production during the nesting season.”

The bounty can be collected by anyone who brings the entire tail and tailbone of a raccoon, striped skunk, badger, opossum or red fox to their wildlife regional office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The animals must have been trapped in South Dakota within the program’s specified time frame, and roadkill animals will not be accepted.

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