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Mountain Lion

South Dakota has had a residents-only mountain lion season since 2005.
A statewide season offers an unlimited number of licenses. Special restrictions apply to mountain lion hunting in Custer State Park. See mountain lion application for further details and current hunting restrictions.

The statewide license is sold throughout the season.

  • Season Dates:
    - Statewide:
    Year-round on land that is located outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
    - Black Hills (Within Black Hills Fire Protection District):
    Dec. 26, 2015-March 31, 2016 or until harvest limit has been reached.
  • 2016 Harvest Limit: A maximum harvest of 60 mountain lions (or 40 female mountain lions) has been established for the Black Hills Fire Protection District. Mountain lion hunting in the Black Hills will close immediately when either the total harvest limit or the female harvest limit is met. Please check the Mountain Lion Season Harvest Status to view the current harvest limit status or call 1.866.895.9067.

Reporting a Mountain Lion Kill

All harvested mountain lions must be presented to a GFP representative for inspection within 24 hours of harvest.

Mountain lions in South Dakota

Information on mountain lions and how we manage them.