State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-SEVENTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2012  

363T0449   HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ENGROSSED    NO.  HB 1100 -  2/7/2012  

Introduced by:    Representatives Hunhoff (Bernie), Moser, and Olson (Betty) and Senators Hunhoff (Jean), Maher, and Sutton
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise the number of ownership acres necessary to qualify for certain big game hunting licenses to be used on a landowner's own property.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That § 41-6-19.3 be amended to read as follows:
    41-6-19.3. If a resident farmer or rancher who owns or leases for agricultural purposes the minimum acreage of privately-owned at least eighty acres of farm or ranch land to qualify for landowner preference as prescribed by rules promulgated by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission and who actually resides on the land, or is an owner-operator of the land, has not received a big game license pursuant to §  41-6-19 that permits the harvest of a buck during the west river prairie deer season, east river deer season, or firearm antelope season set by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission pursuant to § 41-2-18, the farmer or rancher may obtain one any-deer license, one any-antelope license, one license that has one any-deer tag and one any-antlerless deer tag, or one any-antelope and one doe/kid antelope tag that is valid only on lands owned or leased by the farmer or rancher within any unit for the specified hunting season.
    If a member of the immediate family of the farmer or rancher qualified to obtain a license under this section has not received a big game license pursuant to § 41-6-19 that permits the harvest of a buck during the west river prairie deer season, east river deer season, or firearm antelope season set by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission pursuant to § 41-2-18, the immediate family member may also obtain one any-deer license, one any-antelope license, one license that has one any-deer tag and one any-antlerless deer tag, or one any-antelope and one doe/kid antelope tag that is valid only on lands owned or leased by the resident farmer or rancher within any unit for the specified hunting season.
    Upon receipt of the application prescribed by the department and applicable fee, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks shall issue a limited license that restricts the holder to the taking of the big game animals as designated on the license only from the privately-owned farm or ranch lands owned or leased by the resident farmer or rancher. The holder of the license may not take any big game animal from land owned or leased by other persons.