The 2013 South Dakota Bowhunter's, Inc annual convention will be Feb. 15-17 at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen.
The convention will feature Tom Nelson, host of American Archer TV, as its guest speaker. Raffles will be held for Mathews, PSE and Elite bows, as well as other prizes.
For more information, go to http://www.sdbi.net.
Jim River Marsh Masters hosting Delta Waterfowl dinner on Feb. 22
The Aberdeen chapter of Delta Waterfowl, the Jim River Marsh Masters, will host its spring dinner on Feb. 22 at the Eagles Club in Aberdeen.
Doors open for the event at 5 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m. An auction and raffle will be held for guns, gear and more.
To order tickets or for more information, contact Andy Sprinkel at 605-262-1286 or email@example.com.
Spring turkey applications due Feb. 15
The South Dakota spring turkey season offers licenses specifically designated for the prairie units, the Black Hills, Custer State Park and an archery season. The spring firearms season will run from April 13 to May 19, though units 08A and B, 19A and B, 44A and B, and 62 A and B have exceptions in 2013. Archery season will run April 6 to May 19.
Hunters have the opportunity to apply for a license in each of the different seasons. In fact, there is an opportunity to get additional licenses for the prairie season.
Applications are now available for the spring prairie season, and the first application deadline is Feb. 15.
For information or to apply online, go to gfp.sd.gov.
Darkhouse spearers urged to mark abandoned holes
Pierre - Anglers using darkhouse-spearing methods for ice fishing are being asked to mark their abandoned holes as a safety precaution.
With the expansion of darkhouse spearing for northern pike statewide, those venturing on the ice this winter should also be aware of the increased risk from spearing holes.
Darkhouse spearing involves cutting a large hole in the ice and using a portable or permanent ice house to keep light conditions low, allowing spear fishermen to see pike below the ice. When a portable shack is used and removed from the ice daily, this can leave a large, open hole that others traveling on the ice could fall through or drive over with an ATV or other vehicle. In addition to holes in the ice, blocks of ice removed to create spearing holes are sometimes left on top of the ice, creating a potential hazard for vehicles.
Spear fishermen are being asked to mark their abandoned holes with natural objects such as branches or a brightly marked wooden lath to indicate to other users that a potential hazard exists.
Tundra Challenge set for disc golfers at Richmond Lake
Aberdeen - Grab your flying discs and warm up your throwing arm. Disc golfers in South Dakota are invited to compete in the annual Frozen Tundra Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Richmond Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen.
Participants will play one round of 18 holes, and prizes will be awarded. Registration takes place at 10 a.m. in the park office at Forest Drive, with a tee-off time of 11 a.m. A chili feed and potluck will take place following the tournament.