Hunting Montana

A few basic things you need to know,

when planning your next Montana Big Game adventure. Keep in mind rules and regulations change from year to year but here are a few dates and rules to be aware of and may want to confirm each year when making serious plans to bag that once in a lifetime animal. When planning an outfitted hunt be sure to talk with your outfitter before buying your Licenses and tags some outfitters like to do this process with you to insure all paperwork is in order providing you an optimal adventure.

Hunt application dates:

Elk hunting tips

 

  • Antelope (postmarked by)……………..June 1
  • Bighorn Sheep (postmarked by)…….May 1
  • Bison (postmarked by)…………………….May 1
  • Black Bear (purchase by*)

spring…………………………………………Apr 14*

fall …………………………………………….Aug 31*

  • Deer & Elk
  • permits (postmarked by)…………….Mar 15
  • B licenses (postmarked by)…………June 1
  • Moose (postmarked by)………………….May 1
  • Mountain Goat (postmarked by)…….May 1
  • Mountain Lion (purchase by*)
  • general license …………………………Aug 31*
  • special limited entry ……………….Aug 9*
  • Super Tags

Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Bison,
Deer, Elk, Moose, Mountain Goat
and Mountain Lion …………………….. July 1

*2020 Hunt Application Deadlines for Deer, Elk, and Antelope maybe extended to April 1st*

Check with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to confirm changes after Feb 1st

Check for drawing results at: fwp.mt.gov/myfwpApps/myfwp_input.action

These dates represent the “general” season dates. Check the individual hunting district regulations for the most accurate season dates and regulations.

Game Animals

 

 

• Antelope
900 series ……………………Aug 15–Nov 10
archery…………………………… Sept 7–Oct 11
general …………………………..Oct 12–Nov 10
• Bighorn Sheep
archery…………………………Sept 7–Sept 14
general ……………………………Sept 15–Dec 1
• Bison …………………………Nov 15–Feb 15, 2020
• Black bear
spring……………………………Apr 15–Various  (May 31-June 15)
archery…………………………Sept 7–Sept 14
fall ……………………………………Sept 15–Dec 1
• Caribou………………………… No Season
• Deer & Elk
archery………………………….Sept 7–Oct 20Mountain Lion
youth, two-day hunt;
deer only……………………..Oct 17–Oct 18
general …………………………… Oct 26–Dec 1
• shoulder seasons…… check the regulations
• backcountry –HDs 150, 151, 280, 316*
archery………………………Sept 7–Sept 14
general…………………………Sept 15–Dec 1
• *HD 316 does not have an
Archery Only Season
• Moose …………………………………Sept 15–Dec 1
• Mountain Goat…………………..Sept 15–Dec 1


• Mountain Lion
archery………………………….Sept 7–Oct 20
fall …………………………………… Oct 26–Dec 1
winter…………………….Dec 1–Apr 14, 2020
late winter…………….. Feb 1–Apr 14, 2020
Wolf Season
archery…………………………Sept 7–Sept 14
general …………….. Sept 15–Mar 15, 2020
trapping……………..Dec 15–Feb 29, 2020

Upland Game Birds

Mountain Grouse……..Sept 1–Jan 1, 2020
• Partridge…………………….Sept 1–Jan 1, 2020
• Pheasant………………………..Oct 12–Jan 1, 2020
• Ptarmigan…………………….No Season
• Sage Grouse…………………..Sept 1 – Sept 30
• Sharp-tailed Grouse…….Sept 1–Jan 1, 2020
• Turkey
• spring………………………….Apr 13–May 19
• fall ……………………………Sept 1–Jan 1, 2020

Don’t forget in Montana you will Need a Base License as well as your conservation license before being able to put in for any drawings. These typically run between 10 to 15 dollars each for out of state hunters. Before you can purchase a license on-line, you must meet and be aware of certain criteria:

RESIDENTS:

  • To purchase licenses online, you must already have a lifetime ALS number assigned to you by purchasing a conservation license at a FWP License Provider location. Per Montana Statute, proof of residency for a conservation license must be presented in person. You may use the online service after you purchase at least one resident conservation license in person.
  • To purchase any other resident licenses online, you must have a valid Montana driver’s license number or photo ID card issued by the Driver Examination Bureau. Your driver’s license information will be verified against the Dept. of Justice driver database.
  • A resident minor may use their parent’s Montana drivers license number or photo ID to purchase a resident license.

RESIDENTS / NONRESIDENTS:

  • If you were born after January 1, 1985, you are required to show proof of completing a Montana hunter safety and education course or an approved hunter safety course from any other state or province prior to applying for or purchasing a hunting license, whether the hunting license is for the rifle or archery season.
  • All first time bow and arrow license purchasers must enter their bowhunter education certificate number (NBEF) or a previous years archery license number from any state or province.
  • Licenses purchased online (except for those identified on the previous page) must be printed from your home printer. Licenses in your physical possession are valid for immediate use.
  • If you need to purchase licenses for yourself and immediate family member(s), you must do so in separate transactions and provide the appropriate identification required for each individual.
  • If you intend to purchase a black bear license for the first time, you need to have passed the FWP Bear Identification test.
  • Nonresidents who do not have an ALS number established and are purchasing a conservation license for the first time must be prepared to provide the last 4 digits of their social security number per Montana Code Annotated to comply with the Federal Welfare Reform Law.
  • Nonresidents must hold a Big Game or Deer Combination License before applying for a deer permit.
  • Nonresidents must hold a Big Game, Elk or Combination License before applying for an elk permit.
  • Nonresident holders of a Landowner Sponsored Deer Combination License are reminded that the license (including deer B licenses) entitles them to hunt deer only on the deeded lands of the sponsoring landowner. This license may not be used on leased or public land. However, the license is valid statewide for fishing and hunting upland game birds.
  • Nonresident holders of a Landowner Sponsored Deer Combination License may apply for a deer permit or deer B license only in the hunting district where they are authorized to hunt deer.

This box will pop up so be sure to PAY ATTENTION!

IMPORTANT!

You have indicated you do not have an ALS number.

If you purchased a license since January 1, 2002, you should have been assigned an ALS number that is printed on your license.

Example: 07/27/1952-1

Failure to use your assigned ALS number may result in a loss of previously accumulated bonus points.

 

The last thing you want is to lose your hard earned points so when ever filling out forms online be sure to read every pop up and line!

Link to Montana Draw results:

https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpExtPortal/myDrawResult_input.action

For more information on hunting Montana please check their website at:

http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks contact info:

P.O. Box 200701

Helena, MT 59620-0701

Phone: (406) 444-2535

Fax: (406) 444-4952

E-mail: fwpgen@mt.gov

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William Mostoller
Author: William Mostoller

Father, Husband, Marine, Outdoorsman

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