Custer state park big game hunting
At 71,000 acres, Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in the United States and a vast array of wildlife attracts many visitors.
A primary goal of wildlife management in Custer State Park is to manage for a diversity of wildlife species, both game and nongame. 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, for South Dakota residents beginning in September and running into early October.
- Deer: Custer State Parks deer season runs from early to mid-November where limities any and antlerless white-tail deer licenses are available for residents.
- Antelope: The Custer State Park Pronghorm season occurs in mid-October for a limited number of any pronghorn licenses being available to residents annually. Aug. 11
- Turkey: Custer State Park offers a limites resident quality spring turkey hunting experience which occurs from mid-April through late May.
- 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.