Custer state park big game hunting

At 71,000 acres, Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in the United States. One of the main attractions to the park is a vast array of wildlife.

Wildlife management is a primary task for staff at Custer State Park. While wildlife is managed primarily for viewing, hunting is one of the tools used to help maintain healthy populations.

With the exception of buffalo, all hunting seasons are Resident Only.

  • Elk: Custer State Park offers a limited number of licenses for both firearms and archery hunting, beginning in September and running into December.
  • Deer: Custer State Parks deer season runs 2014 Season TBD - . A total of 47 licenses for three different season options are available.
  • Antelope: The Custer State Park Antelope season will be set in early July. The application process will then be open until the Aug. 8 drawing deadline.
  • Turkey: Custer State Park offers a spring turkey hunt. The application process opens in late January with a late February deadline.
  • Buffalo: Hunting is one of the tools for managing Custer State Park's prized buffalo herd. The application process and arrangement for the hunt are handled through the park.
  • Bighorn Sheep: Custer State Park's bighorn sheep population was decimated by an outbreak of pneumonia in 2005. There will be no hunting season until the herd has been re-established.