blackhillssportsmenclub@gmail.com | PO BOX 9161, Rapid City, SD 57709

March 2021 Newsletter

BLACK HILLS SPORTSMEN CLUB
The Newsletter of the Black Hills Sportsmen and Sportswomen
Mission Statement: To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of wildlife and wildlife habitat and to protect the privilege of sportsmen to hunt and fish through advocacy and education.


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~ Greetings From Your President ~

Spring is in the air!! Well maybe? I hope everyone survived the last cold spell, that was quite a stretch of freezing temperatures. The good news is that it looks like fairer weather is on the horizon, although it would be nice to get a few more inches of moisture. 


As we all know it is legislative season here in Pierre. Below Jeff lays out some of the actions the BHSC is taking in the session. The board has been very busy drumming up support for sportsmen's issues. I want to take time to talk about HB 1115. This bill changes the GFP commission board makeup to allow for all 8 of the commission members to be either democrat or republican, as well as removes the requirement to include actual sportsmen and women, conservationists, etc. Basically, the bill would allow for the composition of the commission to be completely one sided depending on the current administration. That being said, this could extremely benefit one group or another and create extreme unbalance with how the commission operates. The biggest question we have is, why? Why does the current commission makeup need modified? The bill is extremely important for the future of all user groups of the GFP and state commission issues. The BHSC has taken a strong stand in opposing HB 1115, which is proving to be an uphill battle. This bill has passed the house and is currently headed to the senate. We really need your help in contacting the senate members and voicing your opinion on this bill. 


Membership Luncheon meetings are coming soon!
Looking forward to seeing everyone.


- Cody Hodson, President
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 2021 TO DO LIST 

We will be holding the film tour this year but it will be virtual and FREE. We will use the films this year as a membership drive. If you sign up for the free films at www.huntingfilmtour.com AND renew you membership then you will eligible for door prizes. We will have $50 and $25 dollar gift cards from Farm and Fleet to give away as door prizes in a drawing. Life members just need to sign up for the films. I promise you the films will be worth it and you can watch them on your own time. The window to watch them online will be March 19th-March 21st, Friday through Sunday. We will also be sending this opportunity to other conservation groups in the hopes of growing our membership number!

PLEASE renew your membership now regardless. The few of you who have already renewed (10) are eligible for the drawing if you watch the films. We now have 16 life members by the way, that is awesome and a big thanks to our newest one, Terry Mayes.



Tickets will be available online through the Hunting Film Tour website. Simply click on the event, select a ticket, checkout the system, and we will email you a FREE e-ticket with a link that will be live for the specified show time. The films are available for streaming on the device of your choice. 

Every sports person that downloads a ticket and has a paid (renewed, new, or lifetime) membership for 2021 and enjoys the event will be entered into a draw for some great door prizes compliments of the Black Hills Sportsmen Club and Hunting Film Tour! This is a membership drive and you must do three things to be eligible for prizes;
1. Join or renew your membership with Black Hills Sportsmen Club by going to our website: "https://blackhillssportsmenclub.com/" and renewing or signing up there.
2. Sign up for a FREE hunting virtual tour by going to "http://huntingfilmtour.com/".
3. You must watch the awesome film tour video that is included, very great entertainment and high quality video!
Keep your eye on the BHSC and HFT social media platforms for prize details. For more information about the Black Hills Sportsmen Club, please visit our website listed above and see what we are all about!

We appreciate your dedicated support of conservation and legislation, and we look forward to seeing everyone in person at future BHSC meetings and HFT live events soon!

- Jeff Olson, Treasurer 
+ Program Chair 

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Legislative Update

 
The Senate State Affairs committee will be meeting next week on a resolution to stop the merger of the department of Ag and the DENR. This is a very big issue. Governor Noem has forced this merger thru executive order and it can only be stopped by the legislature passing this resolution. The merger basically removes the word environment from the name and will effectively relax environmental regulations in our state. 
   
We are following and commenting on many bills that should still be in play when you get this newsletter. PLEASE contact our legislators on these important issues for SD Sportsmen!
The BHSC board has taken a stance on a few of the bills and monitoring others:
-NO on HB 1115: This bill changes the commission make up to include all members from one party and all members can be landowners. It is possible to have zero sportsmen on the commission.
-NO on HB 1140: This repeals the Open Fields Doctrine. We have been actively against this for almost 20 years and still are. The executive branch is having the GFP support this bill for the first time in history.
-YES on HB 1138: This is the bill that will allow SD residents to apply for camping permits 2 weeks earlier than non-residents in our state parks. Anyone can try to get camping spots lately.   
-HB 1087: This was the bill to allow anyone over 60 to hunt archery seasons with a crossbow. Some interesting debate on this but it died in committee.
-HB 1112: This bill extends the safety zone from 660 to 900 ft. basically and anti-road hunting bill. Not a safety issue as stated as ballistic test proves 660 is a safe distance for all shotgun patterns.
There are 21 others bills that are either dead or still on progress we are following. Please google SDLRC to get updates on bills and find contacts for legislators. 



 
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Membership Options:
- $30 General membership
- $50  Magnum membership
- $100  Advertising and membership
- $400 Senior life member
- $500 Life member


PLEASE renew now and help get us some new members!! 
 

 
- Quote of the Month - 
"A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact." 
-Aldo Leopold
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WE THANK YOU!



2020 Membership Dues are being received:
  • $30 regular membership
  • $50 magnum membership
  • $100 annual advertisement
  • $500 life membership
  • $400 life membership (senior+)

Renew online at our website (click here)

Or mail check to:
     Black Hills Sportsmen’s Club
     PO Box 9161
     Rapid City, SD 57709


Thank you!

March 2021