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Hunting in the Black Hills
Hunting is a favorite pasttime in the Black Hills. Over 80% of the 2.3 million acres that makes up the Black HIlls is open to hunters. There are set seasons for the big and small game, and there is an open season on varmits.
Before planning to hunt any type of big game in the Black Hills please download this .pdf version of Big Game Regulations in the Black Hills.
The Black Hills is home to one of the largest antelope populations in the United States. You'll find them on the short grass prairies in and around the Hills.
Big Horn Sheep
Big Horn sheep are found in secluded areas of the Southern Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and Custer State Park. There are a limited number of licenses available only to residents of South Dakota.
The Black Hills boast a large deer population with about 75% of it being white tail and 25% mule deer.
Elk are generally found in the higher elevations of the Black Hills. In the fall you can sometimes hear them bugling.
Moutian goats are found in the rocky areas in the Southern Black Hills, near Mt. Rushmore, and Custer State Park.There are no mountain goat licenses available this year to let the herd repopulate.
Lions are found throughout the Black Hills. There is a quota set each year, and when the quota is met, the season is closed.
Because of the large turkey population in the Black Hills there are now two seasons open for hunting - spring and fall.