GFP Commission proposes changes to cancellation policy and online licensing system

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed a change to allow cancellation of campsites and lodging facilities free of charge for a period of time after booking. Once this period has elapsed, a fee of half the cost of camping or lodging for the first night will be charged for both types of overnight use.

The Commission has also proposed to amend two business rules to align new business practices and requirements for licensing agents for the launch of a new online licensing system. The new e-commerce system is called Go outside in South Dakota and will go live on December 15, 2021. This system combines hunting and fishing license purchases with our state park camping reservations and other purchases. Once the system is up and running, licensing agents will need to operate under new business practices, including ACH electronic transfers and adjusted timelines when e-money scans take place. Licensing agents play an important role in the sale of licenses on behalf of GFP and offer hunters the opportunity to purchase hunting and fishing licenses in person outside of normal GFP office hours.

The Commission proposed to remove the no-boating zones and allow non-motorized boats in the Waubay National Wildlife Refuge and the Waubay State Game Bird Refuge.

The GFP and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have collaborated to discuss ways to increase opportunities for hunting and fishing, while meeting the goals of the USFWS refuge system. These respective changes in administrative rules will align state and federal regulations, resulting in more recreational opportunities within the confines of the refuge.

To see any of these proposals, or more detailed information about the November meeting, visit:

If you want to comment on any of these proposals, visit Comments can also be sent to 523 E. Capitol Ave Pierre, SD.

To hear the discussion on these proposals, the audio of the meeting is available via South Dakota Public Broadcasting and will soon be available on the GFP website as part of the meeting archives. To see the full proposal, visit

To be included on the public record and be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 5.

The next PFM Commission meeting will be held on December 9-10, 2021 in Brookings.

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