Photo © Chad Coppess


Elk are found primarily in the Black Hills; however, other populations can be found scattered across the prairie landscapes of South Dakota. Currently,  the Black Hills elk population consists of over 6,000 Rocky Mountain elk. Only South Dakota residents are eligible to apply for and receive an elk license in South Dakota.

You may apply for any and all seasons for which you are eligible; however, for equitable distribution of licenses you will be limited to one elk license for the year. Licenses are drawn in sequence from season to season.

Chronic Wasting Disease
Elk Contingency Licenses
Elk Hunter Access Program (EHAP)

All applications close at 8 a.m. Central Time on date of deadline.