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Archery Antelope

The archery antelope season is set in July and is open to residents and nonresidents. The application process opens in July . There is no deadline for submitting an application and licenses are sold throughout the season. Licenses must be purchased by application through the GFP License Office.

The primary archery antelope season traditionally runs from mid August through the end of October except when and where a state firearm antelope season is open.

All first time archery antelope hunters, resident or nonresident, are required to pass the National Bowhunter Education course.

  • Season Dates:
    Aug. 19 - Sept. 29, 2017 / Oct. 16-31, 2017


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Additional Information

Black Hills Archery Antelope Access Permit

A limited archery hunt has been set up for hunting those areas not within Unit 21A or 27A in the Black Hills Fire Protection District in Custer and Pennington Counties, with the exception of Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. People interested in hunting this area must apply on-line for a free, limited draw, Access Permit. The sign up period will run from July 17 - August 2 8 a.m. CST. When signing up for this Access Permit, please include your email address. Email is the only way you will be notified whether you are successful or unsuccessful in drawing an Access Permit.

HuntSafe courses

The HuntSAFE program is a required course for young hunters in South Dakota. A list of upcoming HuntSAFE courses is available.

Archery Education Courses

Visit the bowhunter education page to view all requirements for purchasing an archery license. A list of upcoming BowEd courses is also available.

Volunteer Hunter

The Volunteer Hunter Program puts private landowners in touch with hunters willing to harvest big game on their land.

Healthy Hunter

The Healthy Hunter website was created to help hunters be more active and eat healthier as they prepare for the hunting season.


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