The 2013 South Dakota mountain lion hunting licenses are now available.

The season will be open to South Dakota residents, who may apply for and receive one license.

The 2013 mountain lion license is valid statewide from December 26, 2012 through December 31, 2013. However, within the Black Hills Fire Protection District the license is valid December 26, 2012 through March 31, 2013; or when a harvest limit of 100 mountain lions or 70 female mountain lions is met within the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Application for a mountain lion hunting license may be made through the GFP big game application website at or by submitting the completed paper application and fee to the GFP License Office. Licenses are sold throughout the hunting season.

In addition to the regular license, hunters who wish to have the opportunity to hunt within Custer State Park may apply for a limited number of free Custer State Park Access Permits.

Hunters may apply for one or more of the eight designated intervals: Dec. 26-Jan. 8 (30 permits), Jan. 9-22 (30 permits), Jan. 23-Feb. 6 (30 permits), Feb. 7-13 (4 permits, dogs allowed for hunting), Feb. 14-March 1 (30 permits), March 2-8 (4 permits, dogs allowed for hunting), March 9-24 (30 permits), and March 25-31 (4 permits, dogs allowed for hunting).

These limited Custer State Park Access Permits will be issued by random drawing. The deadline for applying for the permits is 12 noon CST on Dec. 5.

Application must be made online through the Game, Fish and Parks website at

Individuals who draw a Custer State Park Access Permit are also entitled to hunt in other areas open to mountain lion hunting.

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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