Posted 11 months ago
By Ashley Hinker
Custer, SD – Hunting on the Black Hills National Forest can be a rewarding experience and U.S. Forest Service officials want to remind hunters of guidelines designed to make their hunting trips safe and enjoyable.
“It’s the hunter’s responsibility to know the regulations and game limits while hunting on the Black Hills National Forest,” said Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer. “Hunters should refer to this year’s hunting booklets for information to avoid citations.”
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department manage big game on the Black Hills National Forest and annual hunting handbooks are available on their websites at: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/ and http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/hunting-1001602.aspx
With 30 developed camping areas and easy access roads, the Forest provides abundant hunting access and is an excellent place for first-time hunts. Dispersed camping is also allowed in most areas. Check the status of your desired campground by visiting: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/blackhills/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5370500&width=full, or call a local Forest Service office for more information. Reservations for most campgrounds can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
If arranging for guided hunting services on the Black Hills National Forest, be sure to ask whether your prospective outfitter/guide holds a valid Forest Service permit. The Black Hills National Forest has authorized a variety of outfitter/guides to operate under Special Use Permits. A list of outfitters can be found on the Black Hills National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/passes-permits/event-commercial/?cid=stelprdb5111744
Hunters are also reminded to follow South Dakota and Wyoming travel regulations.
Off-highway vehicle (OHV) travel is allowed only on roads and trails designated open to motorized use. Black Hills National Forest offices offer free maps showing routes open to motorized travel. These maps are also available on the Black Hills National Forest website.
Some areas may not be safe to hike in during hunting season. Please review the maps of game management units and/or stop by a local Forest Service office to find out which areas are best to avoid during the season.
The Black Hills National Forest contains dead trees, killed by the mountain pine beetle. Remember – your safety is your responsibility. Locate vehicles and campsites away from dead trees; they can fall without warning and carry an ax or saw in case a tree falls across a road.
The Black Hills National Forest wishes hunters a safe and enjoyable experience throughout the season.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.