Proposal Lengthens the Custer State Park Elk Hunting Season

March 2, 2018
Photo by Foster Barthalow
Photo by Foster Barthalow

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is proposing to change the Custer State Park elk hunting season to run the entire month of October. Previous seasons have run for 16 consecutive days, beginning on the third Saturday in September.

The proposal calls for the 2018 and 2019 seasons to have nine any elk licenses and 60 antlerless only elk licenses available for Custer State Park. Ten licenses would be available for each of the six proposed antlerless hunting seasons. The antlerless only licenses would be valid for an area in the extreme south end of Custer State Park.

2018 and 2019 Proposed Season Dates:

CAE-CU1:  October 6-14, 2018 and October 5-13, 2019

CAE-CU2:  October 20-28, 2018 and October 19-27, 2019

CAE-CU3:  December 8-16, 2018 and December 7-15, 2019

CAE-CU4:  December 22-30, 2018 and December 21-29, 2018

CAE-CU5:  January 5-13, 2019 and January 4-12, 2020

CAE-CU6:  January 19-27, 2019 and January 18-26, 2020

Also, no changes were proposed to the Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season which will have three any elk licenses with season dates of Sept. 1-30 for both 2018 and 2019.

The GFP Commission will consider adopting this proposal on April 5-6, 2018, at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held April 5 at 2 p.m. MST. Individuals can also provide written comments on commission rule proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or via email to To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing) per HB 1006.



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