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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
South Dakota Field Office
 
Release Date: 10/03/11
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Offers Helpful Tips for South Dakota Hunters


The BLM South Dakota Field Office would like to remind deer and antelope hunters to respect landowners, wildlife and other recreationists and to be mindful of travel and camping restrictions on BLM-administered lands.

Smokey Bear shows a burned-out vehicle

Smokey Bear cautions off-highway motorists to be mindful that accumulated debris in vehicle undercarriages can be a serious fire and safety hazard as shown by this truck that burned earlier this summer. Don’t be a statistic: watch where you park and keep your undercarriage clean.
With very few exceptions, cross-country off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on public land is prohibited in order to minimize user conflicts and protect fragile soils, riparian areas, vegetation and wildlife.

Also, BLM or U.S. Forest Service offices may close or open particular routes in their respective districts. Hunters are highly encouraged to carry a map and check with local BLM or USFS offices to obtain current travel information.

Responsible behavior on public and private lands leads to continued access: “Respected Access is Open Access.”

Reminders:
  • Stay on existing roads and trails.
  • Know where you are at and get permission to cross private land.
  • Check the rules before you go. All state rules and regulations apply on federal lands.
  • Plan your stay. Camping in one spot on BLM-administered land is allowed for 16 days maximum. Other restrictions may also apply.
  • Pack it in, Pack it out - All garbage must be removed, including hides from game animals. 
  • Removal of historic, archeological or paleontological resources from federal land is prohibited.
  • Wash vehicles before and after traveling roads and trails to avoid spreading noxious weeds.
  • Be aware of current fire restrictions and follow all South Dakota hunting regulations.
  • Watch where you park and check your undercarriage. A number of trucks have burned this year due to accumulated vegetation ignited in the undercarriage. Don’t let this be you.

Access issues can be clarified or reported by calling the BLM South Dakota Field Office at: 892-7000. Violations may also be reported by calling 1-800-OVERBAG (683-7224).

Additional information regarding OHV use on Montana/Dakotas BLM lands can be found on the web at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/prog/recreation.html



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, SD 57717  

Last updated: 06-28-2012