SOUTH DAKOTA – Changes to the Mountain Lion Hunting Season; Expansion of Custer State Park Coyote Hunting

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Changes to the Mountain Lion Hunting Season; Expansion of Custer State Park Coyote Hunting


CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to the mountain lion hunting season.
The commission extended the season within the Black Hills Fire Protection District from Dec. 26 to April 30. The season previously closed on March 31. The commission also increased Custer State Park access permits from 57 to 75.
Changes discussed but rejected by the commission include adding 250 nonresident mountain lion licenses and expanding the allowance for the use of dogs in a hunt that originates on private land to cross over or culminate on any public lands where unleashed dogs are permitted. 
The commission also extended the season dates for hunting coyotes in Custer State Park. This season will now run from Dec. 26 – April 30, which matches the mountain lion season. 
In addition, the commission removed the previous requirement of obtaining a free access permit to coyote hunt in the park.

SOUTH DAKOTA - KEY DATES
Description Season Dates Application Deadlines
Mountain Lion Season - Statewide Start: Jan 1, 2019 Open Jan. 1st
End: Dec 31, 2019  
Coyote Season Start: Jan 1, 2019  
End: Dec 31, 2019  
Coyote - Custer State Park Start: Dec. 26, 2019 Dec. 26th
End: March 31, 2019 March 31st
Mountain Lion Season - Black Hills Start: Dec. 26, 2019 Open: Nov 6, 2019
End: April 30, 2020 Close: April 30, 2019
Mountain Lion Season - Custer State Park Start: Dec. 26, 2019 Open: Nov 6, 2019
End: April 30, 2020 Close: Dec 4th, 2019