Elk NetworkApplication Period Open for Black Hills Contingency Elk Tags

General | September 9, 2022

Below is a news release from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently approved the release of 22 antlerless elk licenses for the Black Hills Elk firearms season. These licenses will be made available in a lottery drawing, with the application period beginning Sept. 8, 2022.

Applicants must not currently hold an elk license for the 2022 season. Individuals that have held an elk license for Black Hills Firearm Elk (first draw license or second draw using preference points) for the past 9 years are not eligible to apply.

Applicants will not be able to use preference points and no landowner preference will be accepted. If successful in this drawing, the 9-year waiting period does not apply and hunters will still retain their elk preference points for future drawings.

There is a $10 nonrefundable application fee and if successful, the license cost is $116.

Applications are only available online and must be submitted by 8 a.m. CDT Sept. 22.

Licenses are available in the following units:

  • 2B23: 5 licenses
  • 2H23: 5 licenses
  • 3B23: 7 licenses
  • 7B23: 5 licenses

Go here to apply.

(Photo credit: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks)