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Custer State Park Elk

One of the most coveted hunts for South Dakota residents is the once-in-a-lifetime Custer State Park Firearms "Any Elk" hunt.

  • Season Dates:
    Custer State Park Rifle Elk - Sept. 16 - Oct. 1, 2017
  • See application for Custer State Park Early Archery Elk and Antlerless Elk season dates.

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Additional Information

Archery Educational Requirements*

To be able to apply for a SD archery big game license, all big game archery licensees ages 11 through 15, all first-time archery big game licensees regardless of age, and all archery elk licensees must possess a National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) certificate or certification of completion from a bowhunter education course approved by any state or provincial government.

*Note: Applicants who have held a big game archery license in the past may apply for antelope without completing an NBEF course if they indicate on the application the year and state of a former archery license held.

HuntSafe courses

South Dakota's HuntSAFE program takes the responsibility of teaching hunter ethics seriously. The HuntSAFE program is a required course for young hunters in South Dakota before youth can enter the field and hunt game. With participation in this course, the young hunter learns about respect for our state's natural resources, respect for other hunter's and perhaps most importantly, respect for landowners.