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Montana Hunting Seasons 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Montana hunting seasons for 2023.

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 Season 2023

Archery: September 4 - October 17

Youth Hunt: October 21 - October 22

General Season: October 23 - November 28

Backcountry Archery: September 4 - September 14

General Backcountry Season: September 15 - November 28

Montana Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall General Season: September 1 - January 1

Spring General Season: April 10 - May 16

Montana Small Game Seasons 2023

Mountain Grouse: September 1 - January 1

Partridge: September 1 - January 1

Swift Fox: November 1 - March 1

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

Sage Grouse: September 1 - September 30

Marten: December 1 - February 15

Snipe: September 1 - December 16

Montana Hunting Zones 2023

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

Montana Bag Limits 2023

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

Montana Hunting License 2023

To buy a license and permit go to :
You will need the below listed to hunt deer in the state of Montana:

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

Montana Hunting Regulations 2023

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

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

When does hunting season start in Montana?

In Montana deer season starts November 4 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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