Limited Issue Licenses
Including Big Game, Nonresident Waterfowl, and Paddlefish
Limited issue licenses, as the name implies, are restricted to a certain number of hunters, or a certain number of animals to be harvested by an individual. All of these licenses require an application. Here's the process:
Check Application Forms and Deadlines
Season Information & Application FormsSubmit applications ONLINE
|First Deadline Date||
Season Start Date
|Season End Date|
|Archery Antelope||July||No deadline||Aug. 16-Oct. 3, 2014||Oct. 20-31, 2014|
|Firearms Antelope||July||Aug. 8||Oct. 4||Oct. 19, 2014|
|Custer State Park Antelope||July||Aug. 8||Oct. 14||Oct. 22, 2014|
|Special Buck (East River)||late March||April 18||Nov. 22||Dec. 7, 2014|
|Special Buck (West River)||late March||April 18||Nov. 15||Nov. 30, 2014|
|Custer State Park Deer (resident only)||June||July 18||Nov. 1||Nov. 14, 2014|
|Youth Deer||June||No deadline||Sept. 13, 2014||Jan. 15, 2015|
|Archery Deer||June||No deadline||Sept. 27, 2014||December 31, 2014|
|Black Hills Deer||June||July 18||Nov. 1||Nov. 30|
|West River Deer
& West River Landowner Deer
|June||July 18||Nov. 15||Nov. 30, 2014|
|East River Deer (resident)
& East River Landowner Deer
|June||Aug. 29||Nov. 22||Dec. 7, 2014|
|East River Deer (nonresident)||Oct. 10||Nov. 22|
|Muzzleloader Deer||June||August 29||Dec. 1||Dec. 31|
|National Wildlife Refuge Deer||June||August 29||Varies by refuge|
Resident-only Elk, Bighorn Sheep & Mountain Goat
|All Resident-only Elk||May||May 23||Varies by unit|
|Archery Elk||early May||May 23||Sept. 1||Sept. 30|
|Custer State Park Elk||May||May 23||Sept. 20||Oct. 5, 2014|
|Prairie Elk||May||May 23||Varies by unit|
|Resident-only Black Hills Bighorn Sheep||May||May 23||Sept. 1||Dec. 31|
|Resident-only Custer State Park Bighorn Sheep||No season||No season in 2014|
|All Resident-only Mt. Goat||No season||No season in 2014|
|Spring Turkey (Black Hills)||February||No deadline||April 12||May 18, 2014|
|Spring Turkey (Prairie and Custer State Park)||January||Feb. 14||April 12||May 18, 2014|
|Spring Turkey (Archery)||February||No deadline||April 5||May 18, 2014|
|All Fall Prairie Turkey||August||Sept. 5||TBD. Final action on season 2014 dates will be done at August commission meeting.|
|Nonresident Fall Waterfowl||June||July 11||See application for specific details|
|Tundra Swan||June||Aug. 8||TBD|
|Special Canada Goose||July 11||TBD|
|Mountain Lion||November||No deadline||TBD|
|Mentored Hunts (resident only)||February||No deadline||Varies by unit|
|Gavins Point Dam Paddlefish (archery & snagging)||January||May 23||Oct. 1||Oct. 31, 2014|
|Lake Francis Case Paddlefish (snagging)||January||Feb. 15||May 1||May 31|
|Resident Big Game Depredation||No deadline||If needed|
|Custer State Park Trophy Bison||Early Aug. - Online Only||Sept. 4||Nov. 25 - Jan. 3, 2014
Up to 3 days as scheduled, excluding holidays and weekends
|Custer State Park Non-Trophy Bison||Mid July - Online Only||Aug. 7||Oct. 5 - Nov. 22. 1-day as scheduled.|
Friday dates listed above represent paper application deadlines. Online applications are accepted until 8 a.m. Central Time the following Wednesday.
For 2nd and 3rd application deadlines (if available), see the respective application via the above links.
For "No Deadilne" license, applicants may purchase a license throughout the season by applying to the License Office in Pierre either online or through the mail. Please allow ample time (7-10 business days) for the license to be processed and mailed to you before you leave for your hunt. These licenses are not sold at any other GFP office.
- You can check License Draw Statistics to see how many people drew a tag in your unit last year.
- If you are ready to apply, you can submit your application online
- After you've applied, you can check your application status to see what you have applied for, and if you were successful in the drawing.
- If you aren't drawn, you may still have a shot. Just check for Leftover Licenses.
- If you are worried about missing a deadline, sign up to receive notices of when applications are being taken, and when deadlines are approaching.