The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized several elk-hunting seasons for 2013.
Archery elk hunters will have 92 “any elk” and 15 “antlerless elk” licenses available for the season. The 2013 Archery Elk Season will run from Sept. 1-30.
The Black Hills Firearms Elk Hunting Season will run from Oct. 1-31 for the “any” elk license holders. Antlerless elk seasons will run from Oct. 16-31 and Dec. 1-15. Black Hills Firearms Elk hunters will have 620 licenses available, comprised of 445 “any” and 175 “antlerless” licenses.
The Prairie Elk Season will have 45 “any” elk and 51 “antlerless” elk licenses available, which is four less than 2012. Other changes from 2012 are:
Boyd County, Nebraska will no longer be part of Unit 30.
The season dates for Unit 30A will run from Sept. 1 – Dec. 31.
The season dates for Unit 11B will run from Sept. 1 through the Friday before the third Saturday in October (2013 season dates are Sept. 1 – Oct. 18)
Unit 11D was added with season dates of Sept. 1-Dec. 31.
GFP staff presented the Commission with results of a Black Hills-wide aerial elk count and the history of the elk hunting seasons in the Black Hills. That presentation can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/marshc22?feature=mhee