Montana Hunting

Seasons, Licenses, Regulations

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips, from maps to regulations and beyond.

Known ForExceptional big game hunting on public land and private ranches

TerrainHigh alpine mountain ranges, large rivers, and prairie in the east

Government Lands44,103,065 acres

Government Lands %44%

Private Lands53,002,542 acres

Private Lands %56%

Montana

Hunting Seasons

Elk

Total elk Boone and Crockett records for Montana: 231

Hunt Districts

Seasons

Licenses & Permits

Sportsman's License - Option

Includes a Conservation, State Lands, General Deer, General Elk, and Black Bear (see Black Bear above) license and authorizes fishing, and hunting of upland birds, excluding turkey.

Resident: $97

Elk B Antlerless

The B License is an antlerless elk license valid during a specific time period and in a particular hunting district or group of districts.

Resident: $25 | Nonresident: $275

Elk General

License is valid for one elk. Hunters may hold only one general elk license, which can be used for elk as indicated under the “General Elk License” heading on the deer and elk hunting regulations.

Resident: $20

Elk Combination General

Non residents applying for any other combination license may not apply. Includes a Conservation, State Lands, Base Hunting and General Elk license and authorizes fishing and hunting of upland game birds, excluding turkey.

Nonresident: $884

Base Hunting License Fee

This is an annual fee and will be assessed at the time the hunter purchases or applies for his/her first hunting license (including upland and migratory bird).

Resident: $10 | Nonresident: $15

Bow and Arrow (Archery)

A Bow and Arrow license, plus the proper hunting licenses, is required during: 1) an Archery Only Season for any species; or 2) to archery hunt in or apply for an Arch-Equip only area or hunting district.

Resident: $10 | Nonresident: $10

Conservation

A Conservation License is a prerequisite for all resident and nonresident licenses. It includes the state lands license (for hunting, fishing and trapping). It also allows a resident or non resident who is a Legion of Valor member, regardless of age, to fish.

Resident: $8 | Nonresident: $10

Deer

Total mule deer Boone and Crockett records for Montana: 192

Total whitetail deer Boone and Crockett records for Montana: 144

Hunt Districts

Seasons