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Hunting in South Dakota: Top Spots for Hunting in the Mount Rushmore State

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South Dakota is generally regarded as a phenomenal place for hunting all types of animals. It is specifically considered one of the best states to hunt for pheasant and grouse, but also for animals like deer, elk, and mountain goats.

South Dakota is a fairly large state, covering a total of 77,121 square miles. With a population of approximately 853,000 people, the people of the state are significantly spread out.

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This provides a plethora of ample land for hunting in South Dakota. The following list includes five of the top spots for hunter, including both well-known areas and some less familiar places that are inhabited by a variety of animals.

1. Pierre
Situated on the Missouri River, Pierre is the capital of South Dakota. Pierre is known for being a fantastic place to hunt for pheasant, but there are also many sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chickens, and partridges as well. Pierre was named No. 1 on Pheasants Forever's the “25 Best Bird Hunting Towns in America” list.

2. Custer State Park

Custer State Park is located in Custer, S.D., in the Southern Black Hills. It is 71,000 acres and is renowned for its scenic beauty. Custer State Park is also one of the best and only places in South Dakota to hunt elk and mountain lion.

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3. Black Hills
The Black Hills are located in the very western section of South Dakota, outside of Rapid City. The hills are known around the United States as the site of Mount Rushmore. For hunters, it is a prime location for deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.

4. Huron

Another excellent place to hunt for birds and waterfowl, Huron took the No. 4 spot on the “25 Best Bird Hunting Towns in America” list. The sheer size of available public land available for hunting, coupled with the large population of pheasant, make Huron a top destination for hunters looking for a large catch.

5. East River
The East River region “is rolling farmland divided by two major river drainages, the James and the Big Sioux. Whitetails abound throughout the area, with mule deer mixed in near the central part of the state,” according to the state’s Game, Fish, and Parks.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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