2020 South Dakota Bighorn Online Auction

2020 South Dakota Bighorn Sheep Auction License – Online Auction Details


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Governor’s Involvement with Winning Bidder

  • Winning bidder will be invited to attend the 2019 Governor’s Pheasant Hunt as a special guest of Governor Noem
  • The successful bidder will have the opportunity to hunt with Governor Noem and be introduced at the banquet (if willing)
  • The 2019 Governor’s Pheasant Hunt will take place October 25th-27th in Pierre, South Dakota
    • Lodging will also be provided during the event


2020 Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Details:

  • Season will run from: September-December, 2020
  • Auction license will be valid in the two hunting units
      • Custer County (BH2) – Elk Mountain Area (herd shared with Wyoming)
      • Eastern Pennington County (BH3) – Adjacent to Badlands National Park (Record ram harvested from this hunting unit in fall 2018 scoring 2091/8)
  • Auction license will be valid for the 2020 hunting season.
  • A person can purchase the auction tag for another person. However, once the application to receive the license is filled out, the license cannot be transferred.
  • Hunter will be allowed to use legal weapon of their choice (rifle, archery, or muzzleloader), as long as minimum requirements are met for that weapon.
    • Shoulder-held firearms with minimum of 1,000 foot-pounds at muzzle
    • Muzzleloading rifle require a projectile of .44 caliber or larger, Muzzleloading handguns require a projectile of .50 caliber or larger
    • Minimum of 30 pounds of pull and no telescopic sites when using a bow
  • Questions regarding hunting regulations or season questions can be directed to Tom Kirschenmann with SD Game Fish and Parks at: (605) 773-4192 or tom.kirschenmann@state.sd.us

On-line Auction Details:

  • Will be open from 5:00pm CDT Thursday, August 29th to 7:00pm CDT Monday, September 23rd, 2019
  • Auction will take place on: onlinehuntingauctions.com,
  • Bids can be placed anytime the auction is open
  • Bids must be in prior to auction close
  • 5% buyer’s premium will be added to the winning bid
  • Upon closing of auction, arrangements need to be made within 14 days to wire or send certified check (totaling winning bid + buyer’s premium to):
    • Midwest Wild Sheep Foundation
      1806 Aspen Court
      Northfield, MN 55057
    • Contact Patti Murry – (507) 645-8811


Details for Use of Funds:

  • First $85,000 of auction proceeds will go to South Dakota Bighorn Sheep Management
  • Remaining auction proceeds go to on-the-ground habitat efforts across South Dakota on both public and private lands.
  • Public land habitat management will enhance current Game Production Areas habitat to benefit all wildlife and to create additional or improved access.
  • Private land habitat programs will be used for the Second Century Habitat working lands program that will create wildlife habitat while providing flexible management decisions by the landowner.


Picture Details:

  • All pictures taken in 2019 are labeled as such
  • unlabeled pictures are from 2018