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Game and Fish (Wildlife), Division of, 1917 - 1987


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group consists of records created and/or maintained by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks between 1857 and 2013 and includes administrative records such as annual reports, audits, budgets, property inventories, and correspondence; Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting minutes and audio recordings; abstracts of title, deeds, and technical reconnaissance reports for lands purchased by the department; agriculture and grazing lease agreements; forest inventory records for Western South Dakota; forest fire incident reports; forest insect and disease control files; game studies and surveys; photographs and audiovisual materials used by the Division of Parks and Recreation in brochures, presentations, and other promotional activities; Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps grant program records; subject and conservation project files; and maps of state parks and other recreational areas. Earlier records created prior to 1945 were created by predecessor agencies such as the Department of Game and Fish and subsequently maintained by the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.


  • 1917 - 1987

Administrative History

The Division of Game and Fish was responsible for managing game and nongame wildlife, fish resources, and associated habitats for sustained and equitable use. The division also carried out extensive research activities into new methods of wildlife management, operated a major trout hatchery, and enforced game, fish, and boating regulations through conservation officers. The division was organized on the basis of five management and research sections. The central staff located in Pierre consisted of a game specialist, land specialist, fishery specialist, and law enforcement specialist responsible for providing technical expertise to all regional offices.

The Division of Game and Fish was renamed the Division of Wildlife circa 1979 and continues to operate within the department, performing functions similar to those of its predecessor.


3.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)