The Aberdeen Ducks Unlimited chapter will be holding its spring sponsor dinner on April 29. The dinner will be held at the Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen, starting at 6 p.m.
For tickets or more information, call Gary W. Peterson at 605-228-1814.
South Dakota youth wins 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
Lakewood, Colo. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that a canvasback duck was selected to appear on the 2013-2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by 6-year-old Madison Grimm of Burbank, S.D., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va.
The canvasback oil painting, which won the South Dakota State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was judged the winner among Best-of-Show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.
Peter Coulter, 17, of Washington, Mo., won second place with an acrylic painting depicting a pair of snow geese. Third place went to Drake Schlosser, 17, of Rubicon, Wis., for his acrylic rendition of a common goldeneye. The 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner was 13-year-old Nick Kolkmeyer from Union, Ky., with his entry: Nature is our history, conservation is our future.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. This year, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions.
Elk applications and aerial elk-survey information now available online
Pierre - Applications for South Dakota's 2013 Elk Hunting Seasons are now available. Paper applications will be available at authorized licensed dealers across the state within the next week. The first application deadline is May 20.
Elk are found in the Black Hills and on the prairie in Butte, Bennett and Gregory counties. South Dakota's present-day elk herd consists of over 6,000 Rocky Mountain elk. Only South Dakota residents are eligible to apply for and receive an elk license in South Dakota.
Options for hunters include firearm and archery seasons both inside Custer State Park, as well as units in the Black Hills area outside CSP. In addition, there are other areas outside the Black Hills where elk-hunting opportunities exist.
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks recently completed an aerial survey of the entire Black Hills. The survey's purpose was to conduct a complete population estimate of the Black Hills elk herd.
Surveys within the Black Hills were conducted between Feb. 8 and March 9. Over 170 survey hours were flown over the entire Black Hills, which was broken into 254 subunits. Helicopter survey crews flew systematic search patterns within each subunit. To avoid double-sampling, adjacent subunits were flown with minimal time delays.
Once a group of elk was detected, the search pattern was interrupted to record information and to get an accurate group count. Pictures were taken and analyzed for groups that exceeded 50 elk to ensure accurate counts. A six-page summary of the survey's findings, including specific subunit elk numbers, is also available online.
Applications and a link to the survey are both available at gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/elk.