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 Black Hills Management Plan (2008-2017).
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, 2015
- New for 2015: Black Hills deer hunters will have 500 more resident and 40 more nonresident any whitetail deer hunting licenses available for the 2015 Black Hills deer hunting season. In its entirety, the Black Hills deer season will have 200 resident and 16 nonresident any deer licenses along with 3,500 resident and 280 nonresident any whitetail deer licenses available in 2015.
- Black Hills Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - July 17 )
- Apply Online