PIERRE – Applications are now being taken for the 2022 South Dakota Mountain Lion Hunting Season.
This season has unlimited resident-only licenses. Hunters who wish to apply for one of the Custer State Park hunting access permits have until 8 a.m. Dec. 8. Applicants for the Custer State Park hunting access permit must first purchase a mountain lion license.
Due to a decreased demand for paper applications, GFP will not print paper applications for this season. Although GFP encourages online applications, you still have the option to print an application from the website and mail it to the licensing office in Fort Pierre.
Harvest limits have been set for when a limit of 60 total mountain lions are taken or when a limit of 40 female mountain lions are taken.
All harvested mountain lions must be presented to a GFP representative for inspection within 24 hours of harvest.
Individuals who take mountain lions outside of the Black Hills must contact a conservation officer or other GFP representative within 24 hours of kill to arrange for inspection of the carcass.
In the 2021season at total of 48 mountain lions were killed, 25 females and 23 males.