The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 222 licenses for the 2018 and 2019 archery elk hunting seasons. The season will run the month of September for both years and will have 142 any elk and 80 antlerless elk licenses available.
The 2018 and 2019 Black Hills elk hunting seasons will have 425 any elk and 700 antlerless elk licenses available for both years. The 2018 and 2019 prairie elk hunting seasons will have 68 any elk and 73 antlerless elk licenses available for both years. Harding County (Unit 35A) has been added to the prairie elk hunting season.
Custer State Park any elk hunters are now allowed to firearm hunt the entire month of October with nine any elk licenses available. In addition, 60 antlerless elk licenses are available among six different units with specified season dates for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
(Photo source: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks)