Bobcats occur in most counties in western South Dakota as well as eastern South Dakota counties adjacent to the Missouri River. They can be found in rough, rugged country along riparian areas, rocky buttes, timbered draws and creeks, as well as, throughout the Black Hills.  Bobcats are active throughout the year, but are rarely seen.

East River Season:

Includes only the following counties: Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Union and Yankton.


West River - Unrestricted
East river - 1 bobcat per hunter or trapper

Shooting Hours:


Whole carcass and pelt of each bobcat taken must be presented to GFP personnel for registration and tagging within 5 days of harvest. Once season is closed, an individual has 24 hours to notify a Conservation Officer or Wildlife Damage Specialist of any untagged bobcats harvested during the season.

No person may possess, purchase, or sell raw bobcat pelts that are not legally tagged.