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Black Hills Hunting Information and Pictures


Hunting in the Black Hills is easily accessible to both residents and nonresidents.  The Black Hills National Forest encompasses an area which stretches 100 miles from north to south and 40 miles east to west. It covers 2.3 million acres. More than 80 percent is open to public hunting.  The Black Hills are home to several big game species: whitetail and mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and turkey.  Coyote, many smaller predators, and varmints are abundant.  Protected species such as mountain lions, bald eagles, and golden eagles also make their home in the Black Hills.  Reports of bear sightings are heard from time to time but as of yet none have been verified.

Black Hills hunting opportunities include: archery seasons for deer (resident & nonresident) and elk (resident only), firearms seasons for deer (resident & nonresident), elk (resident only), turkey (resident & nonresident), bighorn sheep (resident only), mountain goat (resident only), and coyote and other small game (resident & nonresident).  South Dakota's big game licenses are distributed by lottery drawings. Hunters should either acquire, complete and mail an application to the the Game, Fish and Parks license office, or apply online with a credit card. See the link below to apply online or for applications and information .

SOUTH DAKOTA GAME FISH & PARKS

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"In modern times, invariably those fortunate hunters who come to know their animal kin are the ones who go on to found organizations to support the preservation of the species they hunt. In the final analysis, the emotion that drives these people is not guilt, as some might like you to believe, but love. At the root of any true feelings of sacredness there must be love, for it is the core emotion of self-value, which is the ultimate survival motivation of our species."

James A. Swan

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"A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter obviously has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of this conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscious, rather than a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.

Voluntary adherence to an ethical code elevates the self-respect of the sportsman, but it should not be forgotten that voluntary disregard of the code degenerates and depraves him. For example, a common denominator of all sporting codes is not to waste good meat."

Aldo Leopold


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HUNTER'S PLEDGE - A CODE OF CONDUCT

 

 

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