Black Hills Firearms Elk Hunting Season

Season Dates: Varies by Unit (See Application)
Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

South Dakota residents who have not received a Black Hills firearms elk license in the preceding nine years are eligible to apply.

Season Dates:

  • Black Hills - Oct. 1-31, 2017 for Any Elk; Oct. 17-31, 2017 and Dec. 1-15, 2017 for Antlerless Elk
  • Antlerless Elk tags for Units H1B, H7B, and H9B are valid Oct. 17 - 31 and Dec. 1 - 16
  • Antlerless Elk tags for Units H2B, H2E, H2H, H3B, and H3E are valid Oct. 17 - 31
  • Antlerless Elk tags for Units H2C, H2F, H2I, H3C, and H3F are valid Dec. 1 - 16
  • Antlerless Elk tags for Units H2D, H2G, H2J, H3D, and H3G are valid Dec. 17 - 31


  • No person may possess more than one (1) elk license of any type in a year.
  • No more than two persons may submit applications together.
  • Except for landowner/operator preference applicants, no person who receives a license in the first drawing for this season shall be eligible to apply for a Black Hills elk license in first drawings for the next 9 years.
  • One-half of the licenses allocated in each unit are available for landowner/operator preference. One member of each qualifying landowner/operator household may apply every year.
  • Each elk harvested must be inspected by a Conservation Officer or designee within 24 hours after kill.