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Posted 11/10/2015

Release no. 20151110-001

Karla Zeutenhorst


Zach Montreuil

YANKTON, SD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gavins Point Project, located near Yankton, SD, would like to remind hunters of tree stand regulations pertaining to lands managed by the USACE in Knox and Cedar Counties in Nebraska and Yankton and Clay Counties in South Dakota.

Temporary tree stands are permitted on USACE lands from 15 August until 1 February each year, and must meet the following regulations:

  • The owner’s name and phone number must be on the stand and be legible from the ground. Any other elevated platform device
    not attached to the tree must also conform to the specific dates and labeling requirements.
  • Permanent tree stands and climbing devices are prohibited on project lands. The stand and all personal property related to the
    stand must be removed from USACE lands no later than February 1.
  • Portable tree stands and climbing devices must not use nails, wire, or bolts for attachment.
  • One screw-in “T” may be used to secure the stand. Removable screw-in steps may be used to access the stand.

USACE lands open to hunting include the following areas: Audubon Bend in Cedar County, Nebraska; North Alabama Bend in Clay County, South Dakota, Lake Yankton Island Unit in Yankton County, South Dakota/Cedar County, Nebraska and the Devils Nest Area located in Knox County, Nebraska.

USACE Park Rangers actively enforce these regulations, and violators are subject to fine and/or impoundment of tree stands and personal property in non-compliance with rules and regulations. For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (402) 667-2546.

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