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Montana Hunting Seasons

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Montana hunting seasons for 2021-2022.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Montana Hunting Seasons

Montana Hunting Season Dates

Montana has the longest hunting in the West. With 147, 164 square miles evenly into each region, numbered 1 through 7.

Montana Deer Seasons

Archery: September 4, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Youth Hunt: October 21, 2021 - October 22, 2021

General Season: October 23, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Backcountry Archery: September 4, 2021 - September 14, 2021

General Backcountry Season: September 15, 2021 - November 28, 2021

Montana Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season: September 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Spring General Season: April 10, 2022 - May 16, 2022

Montana Small Game Seasons

Mountain Grouse: September 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Partridge: September 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Swift Fox: November 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022

Mountain, Sharp-tailed Grouse: September 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Sage Grouse: September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Marten: December 1, 2021 - February 15, 2021

Snipe: September 1, 2021 - December 16, 2021

Montana Hunting Zones

See the map below for a breakdown of Montana's hunting zones:

Montana Bag Limits

Bag limits vary by game and area so please visit the official site for your specific hunt.

Montana Hunting License

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

Montana Hunting Regulations

You must wear at least 400 square inches of orange when hunting big game.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site: https://fwp.mt.gov

FAQs
When does hunting season start in Montana?

In Montana deer season starts November 4, 2021 for archery.

Can you hunt on your own land in Montana?

Yes you can hunt on your own land or private land in Montana as long as you have permission and follow regulations.

Can you hunt bears in Montana?

Yes, Montana has both spring and fall bear seasons.

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