Two area 14-year-old students won first place in the South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
Shelby Retzer of Mina and Dale Butler of Wilmot were the first-place winners in Group III. Other area top-three place-winners were (second) Maci Gauer, 15, Group III, Westport and Alyssa Morgan, 18, IV, Mellette; and (third) Kate Finley, 13, III, Chelsea, Tory Makela, 15, III, Ipswich, and Amanda Finley, 17, IV, Chelsea.
Honorable mentions: Petra Gilbert, 12, II, Mobridge; Ansley Sargent, 15, III, Ipswich; Kalen Frericks, 14, III, Northville; April Huettl, 15, III, Ipswich; Bailey Graham, 13, III, Ipswich; Taylor Peterson, 15, III, Cresbard; Logan Hammer, 13, III, Wilmot; Brynn Makela, 16, IV, Ipswich; Jerry Locke, 18, IV, Wilmot; Austin Hooth, 16, IV, Wilmot; Jeramiah Serfling, 18, IV, Chelsea; and Chelsea Fischbach, 18, IV, Mansfield.
North Dakota licenses
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is reminding hunters, trappers and anglers that they need new licenses.
The new fishing and furbearer licenses are required beginning today. They are good through next March.
N.D. mountain lions
Mountain lion hunting in North Dakota came to a close this week.
Zone 2 closed Thursday. The zone basically is all areas outside of the western Badlands, which make up Zone 1.
Hunting in that zone ended in mid-November when the limit of 10 cats was reached. There was no quota for the rest of the state.
S.D. mountain lions
Mountain lion hunting in South Dakota came to a close this week.
The Custer State Park season closed Thursday. The main South Dakota mountain lion season ended Feb. 21, when three hunters harvested lions to meet the quota to close the season early.
Outdoor Women convention
The Outdoor Women of South Dakota's annual convention will be April 8-10 at Storm Mountain Retreat Center near Rockerville in the Black Hills.
The group's mission is to promote hands-on education and participation in outdoor activities with a primary focus on women and children. There will be a wide variety of classes and silent and live auctions.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or owsd.org.
Trout stocked near Pierre
Rainbow trout is being stocked in two areas near Pierre.