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SD – HUNTING – Hunting is Thriving in South Dakota Despite Pandemic

Across South Dakota, many activities have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. But not hunting. Since the pandemic began in March, more South Dakotans have purchased hunting and fishing licenses than in years past. In fact, resident license sales are up nearly 20 percent. “The outdoors kind of served as an escape. As a place to get away from the nightly news, and some of the talk about you know, what’s going on in the world of COVID and people turned to outdoor recreation in a big way,” Kevin Robling says. Kevin Robling is the Deputy Secretary for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, the state department he says with a specific mission. “To provide sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors. More importantly too, is our vision. It’s really to conserve our state’s outdoor heritage and enhance the quality of life, of not just current generations, but for sure future generations,” Robling says. Funded by dollars received from sales of licenses, Robling says not only are outdoor activities like hunting safe during a pandemic, but they are equitable. “The outdoors are open, and they’re open to everyone. And for that reason, it is very affordable. We have an incredible amount of public land hunting opportunities, millions of acres of public hunting opportunities on public land and there’s no fees involved,” Robling says.  [full article]


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