2022 Berggren Plan Web

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23 B8) STATUTES AND REGULATIONS AFFECTING HUNTING AND HABITAT AVAILABILITY Strategies • Set hunting regulations such that hunting opportunities are maximized while minimizing impacts on pheasant population dynamics • Continue to support changes to existing statutes and regulations that have positive influences on habitat availability for pheasants and other grassland wildlife Tactics CONTINUE to provide a long season (last Saturday in October through the end of January, plus youth season the weekend prior to the general season), a three-bird daily bag limit, a possession limit four times the daily bag, and shooting hours one-half hour before sunrise until sunset CONTINUE to stay current on peer-reviewed literature from across the pheasant range relating to the effects of hunting and/or hunting regulations on pheasant populations, and propose regulation and/or policy changes if deemed necessary CONTINUE to review the statute regarding the management of roadside vegetation (#39-1811) and recommend future modifications that are more wildlife-friendly ASSESS the current rules and regulations regarding dog training on conservation partner lands and encourage the adoption of those on wildlife management areas (i�e�, not allowed May 1 – July 31) to minimize disturbance during the primary nesting season B9) STATUTES, REGULATIONS AND PROGRAMS AFFECTING PREDATION Strategies • Pursue statute and regulation changes that are predicted to have the most success in expanding trapping opportunities and reducing impacts of predators on pheasants and other ground-nesting birds Tactics CONTINUE to provide long fur harvest seasons and unlimited take for all legal furbearer species, excluding river otters, which have an annual harvest quota CONTINUE communicating with trapping organizations to identify ways to more effectively promote fur harvesting and to update the agency's trapping education materials BEGIN the regulation-setting process to allow dog-proof traps on any WMAs that currently prohibit dryland trapping (i�e�, Branched Oak and Yankee Hill) BEGIN to develop the Upland Gamebird Science Literacy website to help communicate the state of the science regarding the impact of predators on upland gamebird populations and the cost-effectiveness of predator control programs, including South Dakota's predator bounty program ASSESS which Nebraska county boards currently prohibit trapping in road right-of-ways and determine if an outreach campaign on the advances in trapping technology and techniques (e�g�, dog-proof traps) is warranted to expand trapping opportunities

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