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    Default Ditch Hunting?

    a friend of mine told me there is a bill or hearing coming up on closing the hunting of ditches in SD? Pressure from angry farmers?
    anyone got any info on this?

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    Don't believe everything you heard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmich@pldi.net View Post
    Don't believe everything you heard!
    I donít believe it to be true. They would lose so many non-resident licenses. At the hotel we stay at I would say over 50% only hunt ditches and road hunt.

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    This issue has been brought up for many years, it's nothing new. Yes, certain farmers/ranchers would like to close ditch and road hunting in South Dakota. Especially those farmers/ranchers that also have pheasant hunting operations and preserves. Thus far it's never gained the support of the GFP commission. I don't see anything changing in the near future but who knows further down the road.
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    I agree that it would be a very big hit to the income generated from out of state hunters if it was no longer allowed. Hopefully those that make the decisions understand that.

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    I don’t think the landowner folks own the right-of-way in SD, and are not taxed on the property. I think it’s different in ND, and the land owner owns to the center of the road, and pays taxes on it. Anyway, I’d be pretty disappointed if they disallowed ditch hunting. I walk ditches a little every season in SD, and it adds another dimension to the hunt. Looking for decent ditches in SD has been part of the fun for me. Almost like a treasure hunt. Hope things stay the same.

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    I believe that SD landowners DO own the right-of-way (the ditches) and they DO pay tax on that property. Perhaps an actual SD landowner will chime in and verify it here. I have, however, been told by farming/ranching friends in SD that this in fact the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chestle View Post
    I believe that SD landowners DO own the right-of-way (the ditches) and they DO pay tax on that property. Perhaps an actual SD landowner will chime in and verify it here. I have, however, been told by farming/ranching friends in SD that this in fact the case.
    Itís interesting that it is almost always referred to as ďthe public right-of-wayĒ when you read articles
    from the DOT or from court cases that involve land disputes, fencing rights, and easements. I bet you are right. The farmers probably do own right up to the center of the road out there and pay taxes on it. My dog usually retrieves birds that Iíve shot in the right-of-way, that go down on private land, so I havenít had an issue with venturing over the fence line. I always make sure sheís not carrying a gun when she goes over.

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