Mountain goats are a unique species found only in northwestern North America. A small, isolated population of Rocky Mountain Goats exists within the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The primary range where mountain goats are found is from Highway 385 at Crazy Horse east to Mount Rushmore and from Highway 244 near Harney Peak south to the Needles area in the Black Hills.
Mountain goats have also expanded into the Grizzly Creek drainage near Keystone. The primary range extends over 32,000 acres. Mountain goats occupy habitat ranging in elevation from about 4,000 ft. to 7,242 ft. Mountain goats utilize the granite outcroppings found in this area.
The moutain goat hunting season will re-open for the first time in 2015 after being closed for the past nine years, pending finalization at the April GFP Commission meeting. The mountain goat season is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. South Dakota residents who have never received a license for any South Dakota mountain goat season are eligible.
- The below information is pending finalization at the April GFP Commission meeting.
- Season Dates: September 1 - December 31, 2015
- 2 Resident Only Licenses Available
- Successful applicants are required to attend a pre-hunt meeting on the day before the season opens at the Rapid City Regional Office.
Includes the portions of Pennington and Custer counties west of Highway 79; excluding Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument and the fenced portions of Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park.
- Mountain Goat Application
(Available - May)
(First Deadline - May 22)
- Apply Online
- Drawing Results
- Past Drawing Statistics
- View all applications / deadlines
- Mountain Goats in the Black Hills
- Game Report: 2013 Research on Mountain Goats
- Mountain Goat Gender Identification Guide (Colorado Division of Wildlife)
- Determining Sex of Goats While in the Field (Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game)