Black Hills Deer
Deer in the Black Hills were abundant when explorers arrived in the mid 1870s. A decade later few were found. Managing the deer herd in the beautiful hills is a challenge for GFP, and details of that challenge can be seen in our Black Hills Management Plan (2008-2017).
The Black Hills is mountainous area that can reach 7,000 feet. The area is covered by beautiful stands of Black Hills spruce, ponderosa pine, aspen and bur oak. The area encompasses 2.3 million acres, of which over three-fourths is open to public hunting.
Whitetails dominate the hills, making up 75% of the deer herd. Mule deer can be found in the north, the area west of Custer, and in the foothills surrounding the Black Hills.
- Season Dates:
Black Hills Deer - Nov. 1 - Nov. 30
- Black Hills Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - July 18 )
- Apply Online
- Leftover Licenses
- Drawing Results
- Past Drawing Statistics
- Public Hunting Areas
- Big Game Regulations
- Request information be mailed
- Tentative Future Season Dates
- View all applications / deadlines