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Hunting at Custer State Park

Hunting is one of the tools for managing Custer State Park's prized buffalo herd. The application process and arrangement for the hunt are handled through the park. Hunts for Trophy Buffalo and Non-trophy Buffalo are held during the fall.

Trophy Buffalo Hunts

The hunt is a management tool to remove the oldest breeding bulls from of the herd. These bulls are typically 10+ years old. After the summer rut, these bulls leave the herd and winter by themselves or in small groups throughout the park.

Non-Trophy Buffalo Hunts

The purpose of the non-trophy bison hunt is to remove excess cows and bulls, (primarily two year old bulls), from the herd. A guide will locate this class of animal for your selection.

Big Game Hunting

With the exception of buffalo, all hunting seasons are Resident Only. Other Big Game seasons include: elk, deer, antelope, and turkey.