About Hunting in Montana

There are specific regulations for each species in this beautiful country, with gorgeous mountains about , there are plenty of sheep and big game to go around quite nicely, Montana has the longest hunting in the West. With 147, 164 square miles evenly into each region, numbered 1 through 7. A strong emphasis is placed on making the most of all resources that are available.

With the bi month production Montana promises sustainable use of wildlife and state parks. Although hunts can be found on private land or public as well as in the management areas. Use this guide as a starting point to know the difference.

Montana Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Antelope, Sheep, Bison, Black Bear, Deer, Elk, Moose, Mountain Lion, Goat

Small Game: Furbearer, Wolf

Bird: Migratory birds, Crane, Swan, Turkey, Upland Game Bird

Montana Hunting Season zones

Montana Deer & Elk Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonDates
ArcherySept 4- Oct 17,
2021
YouthOct 21 – 22, 2021
GeneralOct 23- Nov 28, 2021
MuzzleloaderDec 11 – 19, 2021

Deer / Backcountry – HD’s 150, 280, 316*

Archery: Sept. 4 – Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 – Nov. 28

*HD 316 does not have an Archery-only Season

2021 Turkey Season Dates

Spring: April 10 – May 16, 2021

Fall: September 1 – January 1, 2022

Montana Hunting License Info

To buy a license and permit go to : https://ols.fwp.mt.gov/
You will need the below listed to hunt deer in the state of Montana:

LicenceResidentNonresident
General Deer$16N/A
Deer B drawing$15$80
Deer B OTC$10$75
Deer B – Antlerless White tail,
Single Region
$10$75
Deer Permit$5$5

Come Home to Hunt – Big Game Combo April 1
Come Home to Hunt- Deer Combo April 1

Montana Hunting News

With vital plant life that is abundant , COVID 19 has overwhelmed those who are struggling with this limited economy and we need to do something about it. Each year FWP distributes nearly 30 million to Montana for payments with access for hunters to conserve wildlife and spread the knowledge amongst other community members.

Montana has a strong strategy to move wildlife movement and migration towards the right path and keep everything clean, dry and away from species that may be invasive to the land as well as in the waters.

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Montana hunting guides

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Links to Official Sites

Buy license in Montana: https://ols.fwp.mt.gov/
Montana State Regulation Site: https://fwp.mt.gov/hunt/regulations/deer