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Mountain Lion

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is accepting public comment through November 15 on the current mountain lion management plan. Comments can be sent to LionPlan@state.sd.us or mailed to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD  57501. These comments will be reviewed and considered during the revision process of the management plan.

South Dakota has had a residents-only mountain lion season since 2005.
A statewide season offers an unlimited number of licenses. Special restrictions apply to mountain lion hunting in Custer State Park. See mountain lion application for further details and current hunting restrictions.

The statewide license is sold throughout the season.

  • Season Dates:
    - Statewide:
    Year-round on land that is located outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
    - Black Hills (Within Black Hills Fire Protection District):
    Dec. 26, 2017 - March 31, 2018 or until harvest limit has been reached.

Reporting a Mountain Lion Kill

All harvested mountain lions must be presented to a GFP representative for inspection within 24 hours of harvest.

Mountain lions in South Dakota

Information on mountain lions and how we manage them.