By Lars Dalseide | April 12 2014 11:24

From the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission - 2014 ELK SEASONS SET

Elks - photo courtesy of American Hunter Magazine Pierre, South Dakota - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

The Custer State Park elk hunting season will run from Sept. 20-Oct. 5 with five "any elk" licenses available, one of which is set aside for a successful entrant in a raffle conducted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to big game management. The Custer State Park early archery elk hunting season will run from Sept. 1-30 with four "any elk" licenses available.

The Black Hills archery elk hunting season will have 92 "any elk" and 15 "antlerless elk" licenses available for the season running Sept. 1-30. Unit 7 for the archery season was also changed; with the area east of Interstate 90 being removed and placed in Unit 9 of the prairie elk hunting season.

The Black Hills elk hunting season will have 420 "any elk" and 250 "antlerless elk" licenses available for the season that will run Oct. 1-31 for "any elk" hunters and Oct. 16-31 and Dec. 1-15 for "antlerless elk" hunters. Unit 7 for the Black Hills elk hunting season was also changed and follows the same adjustment as made to the Black Hills archery season.

The prairie elk hunting season will have 57 "any elk" and 36 "antlerless elk" licenses available. Season dates are unit specific. Prairie Unit 9 was modified to include an area northeast of Highway 34 and the portion removed from Unit 7 for both the Black Hills and Black Hills archery seasons.

Online applications for the 2014 elk hunting seasons are now available and can be accessed here: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/big-game/elk/default.aspx.

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