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Camp Bob Marshall
The South Dakota Wildlife Federation sponsors a one-week conservation education workshop camp for 120 South Dakota boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 17. The workshop is held at Camp Bob Marshall in the Black Hills in early June. Several outdoor organizations make donations to SDWF to help with expenses of the camp and transportation of students. All aspects of the outdoor classes are available including, but not limited to: Fishing, hunting, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking. The Rapid City Area Chapter volunteered to help with the boat fishing part of the camp. Volunteers from RCAC included Delbert Stover, Michael Johnson, Ken Edel and Dennis Dunlap (assisted by Ed Naylor). Gene Galinat and Bill (last name unknown) from the GF&P Fisheries Division provided the other 2 boats. They fished at Angostura.

The volunteers took 20 kids over 2 days fishing on Angostura along with counselors from Camp Bob Marshall. Fish were caught both days by everyone and the weather was fantastic. Species caught included Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Bluegill, Rock Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Drum and Catfish.
View Photos of the Camp



Platte Creek Fishing Tournament

Sioux Empire Area Chapter sponsored a fishing tournament at Platte Creek. While the temperature was very hot on July 14,2012,there were 32 teams participated in the fishing tournament. There was a total of 145.7 pounds of walleye caught.

1st place went to Rocky Niewenhuis, Shane Niewenhuis and Andrew Harr with a weight of 15.64. This team also weighted the largest walleye at 4.75 pounds.
2nd place went to Woody Tiggelaar, Rollin Tiggelaar and John Magnuson with a weight of 14.55
3rd place Dennis Campbell, Dan Campbell and Fred Bassett with a weight of 14.51
4th place Gerry and Rhonda Roe with a weight of 13.58
5th place Gary VerHey and Lloyd Bender with a weight of 11.69

A special “Thank You” to all those
that volunteered to make this event a success.




Rapid City Area Chapter Donates

Rods and Reels were purchased from the Rooster at a very generous and substantial discount, courtesy of Mike Cummings (owner). Rods and Reels were purchased from the Rooster at a very generous and substantial discount, courtesy of Mike Cummings (owner). He is always extremely supportive where kids and the outdoors are concerned.

Aaron Holland of SDSU accepts the 42 new rods/reels donated by the Rapid City Chapter of SDWU. Mike Johnson (kneeling) and Nancy Smidt were on hand to make the presentation. Mike Cummings at the Rooster gave a very generous discount to SDWU to boost the project. Children on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations will have to complete projects for their local Parks and Recreation Dept. to earn the fishing poles.

Aaron Holland of SDSU accepts the 42 new rods/reels donated by the Rapid City Chapter of SDWU. (From left to right) Aaron Holland (SDSU), Mike Johnson and Nancy Smidt (SDWU) hold a sample of the 42 new rods and reels donated by the Rapid City Area Chapter to the SDSU Reservation Rod/Reel Project. Mike Cummings at the Rooster gave a very generous discount to SDWU to boost the project. Children on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations will have to complete projects for their local Parks and Recreation Dept. to earn the fishing poles.


Children on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations will have to complete projects for their local Parks and Recreation Dept. to earn the fishing poles. (From left to right) Aaron Holland (SDSU), Mike Johnson and Nancy Smidt (SDWU) hold a few of the 42 new rods and reels donated by the Rapid City Area Chapter to the SDSU Reservation Rod/Reel Project. Children on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations will have to complete projects for their local Parks and Recreation Dept. to earn the fishing poles. Mike Cummings at the Rooster gave a very generous discount to SDWU to boost the project.




Rapid City Chapter Repairs Curlew Dock

View of Curlew Dam looking North-West. Sign installed at Curlew Dock.
 
Boat Ramp with repaired Dock at Curlew Dam. View of the Boat Ramp and Dock at Curlew Dam looking East.
 


Nancy Smidt, Brenda Johnson, Denny Dunlap, Denny Bohls, Delbert Stover and Gary Miller stand behind the pick-up truck of trash collected at the Rapid Creek Cleanup. Rapid City Chapter Cleans Up Rapid Creek

Nancy Smidt, Brenda Johnson, Denny Dunlap, Denny Bohls, Delbert Stover and Gary Miller stand behind the pick-up truck of trash collected at the Rapid Creek Cleanup.



Nancy Schmid, Delbert Stover, Ken Edel, and Lee Jensen work on Rapid Creek clean-up.

Nancy Schmid, Delbert Stover, Ken Edel, and Lee Jensen work on Rapid Creek clean-up.








Buffalo Banquet
Scholarships were awarded at South Dakota State University during The Buffalo Banquet. The banquet was presented by the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Club of SDSU. The event is when all scholarships for wildlife and fisheries students are presented. This was the first year SDWU has been involved, we sponsored four $500.00 scholarships. The banquet was open to the public.

Knapp Memorial

Fishing Dock Open to the Public

With the help of individuals and businesses, South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited was able to raise $8392 to cover a portion of the Allen D. Knapp Memorial fishing dock.


Allen D. Knapp Memorial Fishing Dock provides special needs access to water activities.


The fishing dock was installed at Wall Lake on June 3, 2007 in order to provide special needs individuals access to water activities.


SDWU Funds Portable Fish Aquarium

Last year SDWU heard that Game, Fish, and Parks were in need of a new portable aquarium to use in educating youth and the general public. Walleyes Unlimited stepped up to the plate and committed to providing the necessary 25% match to purchase a portable aquarium. The aquarium will also be used to display native fish at county fairs and during educational events sponsored by Game Fish and Parks.

SDWU recently donated $3,750 for a similar portable fish aquarium.
Helping the community with Allen D. Knapp Memorial Fishing Dock.
Beautiful new fishing dock for those with special needs.
Ribbon cutting at  Allen D. Knapp Memorial Fishing Dock.






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