| friend or relative. In addition to my state
license, do I need a tribal license?
A: No. The key is that you are hunting on non-tribal land owned
in fee title by a friend or relative.
Q: How do I contact the reservations for licenses and information?
A: Contact reservations at the following addresses and phone
Fort Berthold Game and Fish Department, HC3-Box 2, New Town,
ND 58763, (701) 627-4760.
* Standing Rock Game and Fish Department, Box D, Fort Yates,
ND 58538, (701) 854-7236.
* Turtle Mountain Department of Natural Resources, Box 570, Belcourt,
ND 58316, (701) 477-2600.
* Spirit Lake Fish and Wildlife Department, Box 359, Fort Totten,
ND 58335, (701) 766-4221.
PHEASANT OPENER HOT, PRODUCTIVE
Ringneck hunters and their dogs sweated punishing, warm temperatures
for an overall productive and positive opening weekend of pheasant
"Dry and warm conditions made hunting stressful for hunters
and dogs," said Regional Wildlife Manager Andy Lindbloom
of Pierre. "Still, hunters reported seeing lots of birds,
had good success and seemed satisfied at the end of the day."
Hunters in most areas of Central and Eastern South Dakota averaged
two birds per person, and a number reported having their three-bird
limit by mid-day. The best success appeared to be in or near
crops, where larger groups reported seeing and harvesting many
birds. Smaller groups found birds in grassy areas, dry lake beds
and other scattered patches of cover. Hunters in drought-stricken
Western South Dakota struggled more and averaged less-than-one-bird
"The above-normal temperatures were the greatest challenge
this year," Lindbloom said, "as a number of hunters
reported that their dogs overheated and quit hunting."
From a safety and legal standpoint, Lindbloom said things went
well. Only a couple minor injuries and a limited number of violations
occurred. A few citations were issued to hunters for using lead
shot on public land, trespassing and hunting without a license.
CHANGES FOR ROAD HUNTING
Hunters targeting public road rights-of-way during South Dakota's
2003 hunting seasons are reminded about the law changes regarding
hunting from those public areas.
"In particular, knowing and understanding the new road hunting
laws is important," said Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Regional
Law Enforcement Specialist Dave Wicks of Watertown. "The
department asks each hunt
| er to carefully read and understand the
new laws so we can keep road hunting a viable tradition in our
The law now allows a hunter to shoot at a small game bird, except
mourning dove, that originates from within a road right-of-way
but actually enters private land air space prior to the bird
being shot at by the hunter. For waterfowl, the hunter must be
within the right-of-way, and the bird(s) must be in the process
of flying over the right-of-way. The hunter may retrieve a bird
from private land as long as the hunter is unarmed and on foot.
In addition, if a person is road hunting, he or she must meet
the following requirements:
1. The person must park or stop their vehicle as far to the right-hand
side of the road
| as possible;
2. If the person who discharges a firearm is more than 50 yards
from the vehicle, the doors on the side of the vehicle nearest
the roadway must be closed, but the engine may remain
3. If the person who discharges a firearm is less than 50 yards
from the vehicle, all of the doors of the vehicle must be closed
and the engine shall be turned off.
The South Dakota Legislature also made it a Class 1 misdemeanor
for any person who, while hunting a road right-of-way, to negligently
endanger another person, or put that person in fear of imminent
serious bodily harm.