Mountain goats are a unique species found only in northwestern North America. A small, isolated population of Rocky Mountain Goats exists within the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The primary range where mountain goats are found is from Highway 385 at Crazy Horse east to Mount Rushmore and from Highway 244 near Harney Peak south to the Needles area in the Black Hills.
Mountain goats have also expanded into the Battle Creek drainage east of Keystone. The primary range extends over 32,000 acres. Mountain goats typically occupy granite outcroppings habitat ranging in elevation from 4,000 - 7,242 ft.
The mountain goat hunting season occurs from September - December and has been reopened after being closed for the past nine years. The mountain goat season is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South Dakota residents.
- Season Dates: September 1 - December 31, 2015
- 2 Resident Only Licenses Available
- Successful applicants are required to attend a pre-hunt meeting on the day before the season opens at the Rapid City Regional Office.
Includes the portions of Pennington and Custer counties west of Highway 79; excluding Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument and the fenced portions of Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park.
- 2015 Mountain Goat Application
(Available - May)
(First Deadline - May 22)
- Apply Online
- Drawing Results
- Past Drawing Statistics
- View all applications / deadlines
- Mountain Goats in the Black Hills
- Game Report: 2013 Research on Mountain Goats
- Mountain Goat Gender Identification Guide (Colorado Division of Wildlife)
- Determining Sex of Goats While in the Field (Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game)