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.
Shady Rest Motel & Cabins
Custer, SD - Black Hills / Badlands Region
With beautiful knotty-pine interiors, our clean, comfortable, air-conditioned cabins offer unique floor-plans, private bathrooms, kitchenettes, WI-FI, […]
Lodgepole Creek Outfitters
Lemmon, SD - Black Hills / Badlands Region
With over 32,000 acres of owned and leased land, Lodgepole Creek Outfitters has abundant habitat for all species of game, both large and small. […]
High Prairie Inn and Outfitters
Whitewood, SD - Black Hills / Badlands Region
On this hunt you can expect to see between 1000-3000 wild pheasants per day.
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