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Black Hills Deer? #6741404
01/23/20 03:51 PM
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Thinking about applying for whitetail in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My bother-in-law and I currently have 4 points. Just wondering if going out during the week of Thanksgiving is too late and the bucks will be in post-rut mode and not moving much. I know the bucks are not huge but it would be a fun trip to take with my brother-in-law.

We are looking at going west of Custer and hoping to find some deer.

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741421
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Plenty of deer there nothing to see 500+ along the roads heading out to hunt turkey in the springtime. Not much size to them but lots of them, never ate one so can’t comment on what they taste like.


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White tails from the hills are good , ate them for years.


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Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741713
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Does it take four points to draw?

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741731
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used to be over counter not sure if it still is


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Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741774
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I hunted west of Custer a while back. There were deer every where.

We bought our permits over the counter.


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Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741796
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Tags went to draw the same with over the counter turkey Hills tag several years ago if the guy is collecting points it must be a draw. Turkey is unlimited still just not over the counter.

Smaller deer not much big racks on the white tails seen a few fair mulies now and then.


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Numbers are not near where they used to be, but the quality has improved a lot.

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741833
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It hasn't been over the counter for at least 15 years. Is the last week to 10 days of November too late for buck activity, don't really know its been so long but did it one time and had opportunities but failed to capitalize. Last couple of years we were out there (2007..?), we saw more elk than buck deer. The number of motel rooms in Custer drastically reduces by November (or at least it did), two places maybe but we could still get in, just didn't do the first week.


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Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6741861
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I’m not sure how many point non residents needs. Thanksgiving week is good.

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6742264
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Thanksgiving week is not to late. That is when I go when I have a tag and there is plenty of rut activity still going on.

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: NonPCfed] #6742290
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Originally Posted by NonPCfed
It hasn't been over the counter for at least 15 years. Is the last week to 10 days of November too late for buck activity, don't really know its been so long but did it one time and had opportunities but failed to capitalize. Last couple of years we were out there (2007..?), we saw more elk than buck deer. The number of motel rooms in Custer drastically reduces by November (or at least it did), two places maybe but we could still get in, just didn't do the first week.

Never thought it'd be so tough to hunt SD


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Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6742537
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Currently, 2 points should get you a tag. I'm trying to narrow down a region to hunt. From what I'm reading is that there are a good number of deer and that most of the area is decent. Are there any places to avoid?

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I’d shy away from Custer everyone that looks at a Hills map heads for Custer I hunted that area for years it gets a lot of pressure, less pressure in other areas out there.


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Originally Posted by NonPCfed
It hasn't been over the counter for at least 15 years. Is the last week to 10 days of November too late for buck activity, don't really know its been so long but did it one time and had opportunities but failed to capitalize. Last couple of years we were out there (2007..?), we saw more elk than buck deer. The number of motel rooms in Custer drastically reduces by November (or at least it did), two places maybe but we could still get in, just didn't do the first week.

Never thought it'd be so tough to hunt SD


You have to pay $10 for points now just another way to fundraise before they sell you a tag. Pulled that on elk tags a few years ago they I stopped getting points after that and stopped applying for deer tags we already pay top dollar for resident fees.


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Good thread.

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #6743316
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I think a decent amount of pressure is gone by going that late in the season. I have seen very few guys actually out of their vehicle and hunting. How many people are out and about depends on the weather also.

Re: Black Hills Deer? [Re: wisconsinteacher] #7019092
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Going to bring this back up. I head out in less than 40 days. I can't wait. I've been looking at maps. Just trying to visualize how it will all play out. Do most guys walk ridges slowly or do they try to glass even though there are a good number of trees and thick areas?

Really looking forward to getting out there.

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Going to bring this back up. I head out in less than 40 days. I can't wait. I've been looking at maps. Just trying to visualize how it will all play out. Do most guys walk ridges slowly or do they try to glass even though there are a good number of trees and thick areas?

Really looking forward to getting out there.


I hunted the BH off and on over the decade of about the mid-90s through about 2005 or so. I think its just about impossible to drive or stalk the woods without them picking up on you first. Maybe your slow ridge walking would work, but you have to get onto of the ridge first grin.We set up over looking clearings. A lot of the open ground in the southern Hills at least is privately owned. We saw more elk the last couple of years we went than buck deer. It is pretty country. We hunted mostly west and southwest of Custer.


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Hunted Elk last month just north of Custer I believe, There were nice bucks everywhere. Access was fairly easy, especially if you dont mind walkin. You are never far from an old logging road.

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