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Black Hills Deer

Deer in the Black Hills were abundant when explorers arrived in the mid 1870s, a decade later few were found. Managing the deer herd in the beautiful hills is a challenge for GFP, and details of that challenge can be seen in our

The Black Hills is mountainous area that can reach 7,000 feet. The area is covered by beautiful stands of Black Hills spruce, ponderosa pine, aspen and bur oak. The area encompasses 2.3 million acres, of which over three-fourths is open to public hunting.

Whitetails dominate the hills, making up 75 percent of the deer herd. Mule deer can be found in the north, the area west of Custer, and in the foothills surrounding the Black Hills.

  • Season Dates:
    Black Hills Deer - Nov. 1-30, 2017

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South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger

South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger encourages and facilitates donation of wild game meat to needy people in South Dakota. You can make a tax-deductible cash donation to help offset costs of processing game animals donated through SDSAH.

Volunteer Hunter Program

Each year, the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks is contacted by landowners looking to host antlerless deer hunters, as well as hunters looking for landowners interested in allowing them to hunt on their land. In an effort to strengthen hunter-landowner relationships, we have developed the Volunteer Antlerless Deer Hunter Program.

Big Game Depredation Hunts

Resident only big game depredation hunts are generally conducted in response to severe crop and livestock feed losses that cannot be resolved using traditional non-lethal forms of depredation control. They may involve turkey, deer, or antelope. In the past, these hunts have most often been organized during severe winters when both the weather and road conditions have deteriorated.