GFP Commission Finalizes Elk SeasonsApril 7, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to the number of elk licenses available for the 2020 hunting season. The changes are based on the results of the Black Hills aerial survey to maximize hunter opportunity and meet population objectives identified in the elk management plan.
The Black Hills firearm season will have a total of 450 “any elk” and 490 “antlerless elk” licenses, and 147 “any elk” and 70 “antlerless elk” for the Black Hills archery season for the 2020 season.
The commission retained the number of Custer State Park “any elk” licenses at 9, with one of those being used for a raffle license. They also retained the number of Custer State Park Early Archery “any elk” licenses at 3. There will be no Custer State Park “antlerless” elk licenses available for 2020.
The commission also allotted 78 “any elk” and 178 “antlerless elk” licenses for the Prairie Elk hunting season. In addition, the commission established a new prairie elk hunting unit for much of western South Dakota that will include those portions of the state west of the Missouri River not associated with another prairie elk unit, excluding Corson, Dewey, Oglala Lakota, Todd and Ziebach counties, as well as the Lower Brule Indian Reservation with season dates of Sept. 1 – Dec. 31.
Other modifications to the Prairie Elk hunting season include:
• Modified those portions of Unit 9 in Butte and Lawrence counties to include that area within a line beginning at the intersection of U.S. Highways 85 and 212, then east on Highway 212 to Whitewood Valley Road, then south on Whitewood Valley Road to Interstate 90, then west on Interstate 90 to U.S. Highway 85, then north on U.S. Highway 85 to point of origin. That portion of Unit 9 in Meade County will remain unchanged.
• Modified Unit 15A to include those portions of Butte and Lawrence counties within a line beginning at the junction of the South Dakota-Wyoming border, east on Sourdough Road to U.S. Highway 85, then south on U.S. Highway 85 to Interstate 90, then west on Interstate 90 to the South Dakota-Wyoming border, then north to the point of origin.
• Modified Unit 27A to include all of Fall River County not included in BHE-H3.
• Eliminated Unit 30A (portions of Gregory County) and include this geographic area into the West River prairie unit.
• Established two additional antlerless elk seasons for Unit 11 with season dates of November 1 – December 31 and January 1 – February 28.
• Established an antlerless elk season for Unit 15 with season dates of December 1 – January 31.
• Modified Unit 35 from all of Harding County by splitting into two units; one west and one east of US Highway 85.
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