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September 2021 Newsletter

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

Finally its Hunting Season!! September always gets my blood moving. Dove season opens September 1st whose going to be out there? Grouse and Partridge in a few weeks after and don’t forget about some of your favorites Crow and Snipe seasons start on the 1st as well! I heard Paul V. cooks a mean Crow…
The board has been following some of the OHV Trail system debate and has written some strong letters to the powers that will be regarding our views on the subject. Currently the forest service is concerned with regulations and enforcement but we feel they need to be putting equal concern to the biological and ecological impacts all the OHV traffic is putting on the Wildlife and the Forest. This issue is going to be an uphill battle as we are dealing with The Federal Government, State Government, and Tourism Dollars. I don’t know if you have spent much time out in the hills the last couple of years but if you have you cannot help but see the impact all of the OHV trail use is creating. There has to be a compromise from all interested parties in the resource. We want people to be able to enjoy the beautiful Black Hills via all modes of transportation and recreation opportunities from ATVs to bicycles to hiking boots. If you have any thoughts or concerns you would like us to bring up in some of these meetings please reach out to me and let me know.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the net luncheon. And also plan to come to the fun shoot Jeff has some details below.

~Cody Hodson~


 Our program this month will be the newest crew at the outdoor campus. Technically, they are not all that new but started during the pandemic and have not really had the chance to make the circuit yet. Lacy Elrod is the director of the ODC and will bring some of her naturalists for us to meet. I am eager to see all the new updated and great programs they are working on. Also a big thanks to our speaker last month, Gary English. He is member of the club and also a sponsor. I look forward to hearing about his Muskox hunt when he returns. I also would like more members to come to the meeting and share their hunting and fishing stories. PLEASE contact me if you are interested in sharing some slides and talking about your adventures. This is one of the main reasons this club was stared years ago. While we work on issues that affect our resources, we also need to visit more about the why's and how's of what we all enjoy.

My two cents:
I know some of you are tired of hearing me gripe about the lack of deer tags available to "me" but I just want to follow up after the first three years of the big change. The GFP will now be reviewing the outcome of those changes and I hope they will allow input again from the users. I am not sure I have any good answers on a fix but all I know is that my opportunity (this is about me and my desire to hunt lots of deer) to hunt deer with a rifle has declined. You can state there are tags available in the 4th draw right now. I do not have access to any of those places. Very few people do, that is why they are left over. So here I am stuck with one rifle tag yet again when I used to have 4-5 big game rifle tags (mainly doe tags). Do not despair too much for me. I am in the field now more than ever. 

Here was my solution:
1.   I have two mentees thru the SD Youth Adventures Program that I take out to hunt does each fall. Nothing is much more fun that that.   
2.  I also picked up bow hunting again, I had not been able to pull my bow for some time so I picked it up and tried again when I got backed into corner when the GFP removed the many opportunities I used to have. 
 Even after tuning in down to 50lbs and physical therapy, I could no longer pull my bow. Two surgeries and just plain old man arthritis was something I could not over come. I planned on just giving it up but then I just could not walk away from my 22 points (another issue to be discussed in the near future). I have built up for archery Black Hills Elk, so I went and saw Al and got a cross bow. This season I have a deer and an antelope tag. For the first time in a very long time I will be picking up my decoy and chasing antelope this weekend.
3.   I then decided I would attempt to hunt does in one of the new Rapid City doe units. I had to go to the rules meeting and pass the proficiency test Monday of which all 12 guys passed. That was a first by the way. The GFP was getting almost a 50% failure rate up to that point
(FYI - If you get a tag for the city of Custer, you are allowed to shoot a buck there) 
4.  I will get a muzzleloader doe tag for Dec. One problem with that is that there tons of mule deer doe on the properties I have access to, few whitetails and this has now become a whitetail doe only tag because of the decline of the mule deer population on public lands.

Unfortunately, it is my guess that the decrease in rifle hunting opportunity has and will push the avid deer hunter into more archery hunting. The archers killed a lot of deer last year. The next big deer management step will be remove the unlimited quota from archery.
There are only so many deer and so many hunters. It will not be popular and I am guessing I may loose yet another opportunity to hunt deer in the field. I just do not understand why they are always picking on me.  

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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

Sept 7 @ 11:45 am - BHSC Monthly Member meeting 
Location: Rushmore Inn & Suites
 Lacy Elrod - Director of Outdoor Campus 
Sept 9 @ 6 pm - Black Hills Fly Fishers monthly gathering
Location: Muphy's in the back room
Monthly gatherings are held from September through May
Clean out your freezers and donate to the cause!
Our current system is working really well. I will take a few days during the month to pick up and deliver frozen game to the food banks.
Please contact me soon if you have anything you would like to donate and we can set up a time for me to come by and pick it up. I try to line up 3-4 pick ups at a time and usually on Fridays.
You also have the option to deliver your frozen game to the food bank or cornerstone rescue mission yourself.  Just contact me on the where and how to do it.   Please help spread the word and feel free to give my number to anyone who may be interested.
One big change this year is we will be asking if the meat has been tested for CWD.
Jeff Olson    (605)393-5225
Oct 5 @ 11:45 am - BHSC Monthly Member meeting 
Location: Rushmore Inn & Suites
Speaker: Dakota Angler & Outfitter  
Oct 13 from 7-9 pm - Annual Hunting Film Tour 
Location: Elks Theater 
We are glad to have this back and hope to get some local films again. We have been promised all new films! Reminder - this is our ONLY fundraiser and we hope to have a great turnout. 
- Contact the Elks theater or go to their website 
- Contact Jeff Olson 
Nov 2nd @ 11:45 am - BHSC Monthly Member Meeting 
LOCATION: Rushmore Inn & Suites
SPEAKER: South Dakota Game Fish & Parks 
Dec 7th @ 11:45 am - BHSC Monthly Member Meeting 
LOCATION: Rushmore Inn & Suites
SPEAKER: South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger 



- Quote of the Month - 

“'The best thing about hunting and fishing,' the Old Man said, 'is that you don't have to actually do it to enjoy it. You can go to bed every night thinking about how much fun you had twenty years ago, and it all comes back clear as moonlight.'”

— Robert Ruark