- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Turkey hunters would be able to bag about 800 fewer birds this spring and without using bait stations under proposed rule changes by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks commission.

Commission members proposed the changes Thursday at their October meeting in Sturgis.

Under the proposed changes, the number of resident single-tag and two-tag licenses would be reduced by a total of 765 tags. Non-residents tags would be decreased overall by 46.

Tom Kirschenmann, the terrestrial resources chief for the department’s wildlife division, said for the most part the department is reducing two-tag licenses down to single-tag licenses. He said the changes will account for about 7 to 8 percent fewer tags than last spring.

Kirschenmann said the reduction in tags stems from a changing population in western South Dakota.

“In those particular units or areas of the state, we’ve seen turkey numbers lower the last couple of years,” he said.

Big-game bait stations are currently not allowed from Aug. 15 to Feb. 1. The proposal announced Thursday would also prohibit bait stations from March 15 to May 31 so that the spring turkey season would be included as well. Wild turkeys, which are considered a big game species, are the only big game species available in the spring.

There’s an exemption in the proposed rules that allows for the department to do leave food for animals while doing deprivation management.

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