Elk hunting is fully guided by the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation. Permit fees include a guide, field dressing your elk and transportation to a local locker (if desired). Elk hunts take place in the enclosed 3,000-acre Big Game Unit which is comprised of steep river breaks vegetated with cedar, plum and ash and grassy open hillsides. Hunts are generally completed in one or two days. Follow this link to apply online for the lottery.  The lottery application period for all Fall hunts is January 1 - April 15. Applicants will be notified regarding the results of the lottery by April 20.


Elk Tag Prices for 2024:

                                   Tribal Member               Affiliate                    Non-member

Cow                                 $300                          $800                           $1750

Young Bull                       $500                          $2000                         $2500

Management Bull            $1000                        $3000                         $3500

Trophy Bull                      $5000                        $5000                         $5000


Buffalo hunting season is October 7, 2023 - January 31, 2024.

The lottery application deadline is April 15 for all hunters.

Beginning in 2024, Free-Ranging Elk tags will be offered to both Tribal Members and Non-members for Elk outside the Big Game Unit.  Bull tags are valid on all Lower Brule trust Lands outside the Big Game Unit, and cow tags are valid on all trust lands outside the Big Game Unit excluding the Grassrope.  Prices are as follows:

                             Tribal Member     Affiliate         Non-member

Free Ranging Bull         $500           $1500           $5000

Free Ranging Cow        $100           $500             $1000