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April 2023 Newsletter


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Please call 605-342-2445 if you have any questions or would like to see if you have paid for your 2023 membership.


April 2023

Renew online at OR send us a check to PO BOX 9161, Rapid City, SD 57709 

Greetings From Your President

Send us your hunting Pictures. We need to spice up the photos section.

Well its shaping up to be a nice wet spring which is what we need! Seems
like the snow keeps flying! It will be nice being able to walk up to my
favorite turkey perch without spooking everything away. Last season was
tough with all the dry vegetation. The season opens up the 8th whose ready?

Special Buck and Antelope tag deadline is the 14th, watch for elk
applications towards the end of April.

Some good news regarding the shooting range off Elk Vale Road. The GFP has
awarded the construction contract to Scull Construction! I think the GFP and
Scull have some work to do on some finalizations but it will be great to see
some dirt being moved. Congratulations to the GFP, Scull Construction and of
course all the shooting sports enthusiasts out there. This is a big step
forward for the people of South Dakota.

As always this time of year I have to beat the club renewal drum! We all
know how important it is to keep our membership numbers up to keep our clubs
goals relevant with the powers that be.  Take 5 minutes and renew on our

~Cody Hodson~


We will be having our annual Rapid Creek Clean Up Day June 17th. We will meet at the Canyon Lake Picnic shelter #1 to be assigned beats and then our club will sponsor a BBQ at the shelter after the creek is spic and span. We will be doing this again in conjunction with the Black Hills Fly Fishers. They outnumbered us big time last year. Let's not let that happen again.

Our program will be a good one this month. Mitch Richter and Megan Howell will be presenting from the South Dakota Wildlife Federation. Mitch lobbied this year for the SDWF and Megan is the new Executive Director. She replaced Chis Hesla. This is an important meeting to attend to show them our passion for the resource. They will need our guidance moving forward as there is so much to learn and so many things to work on for our South Dakota Resident hunters and fishermen. 

Megan is coming from Pheasants forever and has worked a lot with the Farm Bill. Most importantly, she raised gun dogs and is an avid hunter and fisher. She has been hammering walleyes thru the ice in Pierre. I am very much looking forward to meeting her. Please attend the meeting to give her a warm welcoming.

Attached to this  newsletter is a proposal brought forward by the BHNF. That is a big deal and I can not recall anything like this before. Please read up on the issue and put in your comments.

Comments must be received by June 20, 2023. The USFS and the BLM will hold a joint public meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 4-8 p.m., Mountain Time (MT), at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Conference Hall, 2111 N. LaCrosse Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701.

Written comments should
be submitted to: Black Hills National Forest via

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We have put a lot of time into the web page also. If anyone has input or would like us to add to our webpage please email us at 

~ Jeff Olson, Treasurer ~

  Upcoming Events


April 4th - BHSC Monthly Member Meeting
South Dakota Wildlife Federation Directors 
Location: Rushmore Inn & Suites
Time: 11:45 am 


May 2nd - BHSC Monthly Member Meeting
Location: Rushmore Inn & Suites

Time: 11:45 am 

May 18th - South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures Big Auction

June 6th - BHSC Monthly Member Meeting
Location: Rushmore Inn & Suites
Time: 11:45 am 

July No Meeting due to Holiday
July 29th - SCI Auction

Interested in volunteering for Outdoor Campus West?

For anyone interested in being a volunteer mentor please contact Katie Schlafke or Clint Whitley. 

Katie (primary contact for all volunteers)

Clint (contact for volunteer hunting/shooting mentors - Hunting 101)

For other kinds of volunteering - please visit their website linked below:




- Quote of the Month - 
"It isn't a secret that hunting requires skill. It is a secret to many people how much skill it actually requires."
 J. Alan Brenizer