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Black Hills Firearms Elk

South Dakota residents who have not received a Black Hills firearms elk license in the preceding nine years are eligible to apply.

  • Season Dates:
    Black Hills- Oct. 1-31, 2016 for Any Elk; Oct. 17-31, 2016 and Dec. 1-15, 2016 for Antlerless Elk

Requirements and Restrictions:

  • No person may possess more than one (1) elk license of any type in a year.
  • No more than two persons may submit applications together.
  • Except for landowner/operator preference applicants, no person who receives a license in the first drawing for this season shall be eligible to apply for a Black Hills elk license in first drawings for the next 9 years.
  • One-half of the licenses allocated in each unit are available for landowner/operator preference. One member of each qualifying landowner/operator household may apply every year.
  • Each elk harvested must be inspected by a Conservation Officer or designee within 24 hours after kill.

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Additional Information

Black Hills Firearms Elk unit map

Antelope Harvest Statistics


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