Elk Hunting

Elk are found in the Black Hills area of South Dakota and throughout a few additional areas in western South Dakota. Currently the herd is at a level of about 2,000 Rocky Mountain elk so the GFAP limits the number of tags it issues each year for elk.

Elk Season & Location

The South Dakota elk hunting season starts usually in mid-September and runs through the start of October.

Elk can be found all throughout the western region of the state only.

Applying for a License

Like all big game hunting in the state you must apply for a license. The licenses are issued in a lottery type system to help maintain the population. To learn more about the hunting dates and licensing information please check our South Dakota Hunting License page.

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