PIERRE - If silence is golden, then the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission did a nearly perfect job Thursday in setting South Dakota's spring 2011 hunting seasons for wild turkeys.
No one testified on the proposals at a public hearing, and the commission received just one letter - e-mail, actually - from Doug Noteboom of Sioux Falls.
Noteboom, an archery hunter, said archers already have a tremendous advantage over firearm hunters in pursuing turkeys in the spring season. He said offering a longer season for only archers is unfair.
The commission however agreed to adopt the 2011 seasons as proposed by the state Wildlife Division.
The spring archery season will start one week sooner, on the first Saturday of April, and be a week ahead of the opener for the spring firearm season on the second Saturday of April.
The Custer State Park season's only change from last year is the ending date, so that it corresponds with the closing of the Black Hills turkey season.
For the general spring season, turkey license allocations are being increased in some eastern units and decreased in a few western units.