Mountain Lion Hunting Season

Season Dates: Dec 26, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018
Download the Mountain Lion application

Historic Lion Reports:

2016-2017 Report

2015-2016 Report

2014-2015 Report

Season Information:

South Dakota has had a residents-only mountain lion season since 2005.

A statewide season offers an unlimited number of licenses.

Custer State Park is included in the statewide license, however, hunters who have received a statewide mountain lion license must apply for limited-issue time slots to hunt in Custer State Park.

The statewide license is sold throughout the season.

Season Dates:

Statewide:  Year-round on land OUTSIDE the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Black Hills: Dec 26, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018

2016-2017 Harvest Limit: A maximum harvest of 60 mountain lions (or 40 female mountain lions) has been established for the Black Hills Fire Protection District. Mountain lion hunting in the Black Hills will close immediately when either the total harvest limit or the female harvest limit is met.

ALL Successful Mountain Lion Hunters must present their lion to a GFP representative for inspection within 24 hours of harvest by:


  • Calling 605.394.2391 during weekday office hours (8am-5pm).
  • Call State Radio at 605.393.8121 during nights and weekends.
  • Check in at the Rapid City GFP Regional Office (4130 Adventure Trail at the site of the Outdoor Campus West) or at the park headquarters at Custer State Park.