Let's Go Hunting!
Montana's deer, elk, and antelope seasons start at varying stages. Antelope archery is the earliest season starting on or around September 1 and the antelope rifle general season opens on or around October 5. The deer and elk general season starts on or around October 19 and generally runs through November 30. Check applicable season dates by contacting the Montana Fish & Wildlife Department.
Come Home to Hunt
A new law encourages nonresidents who once lived in Montana to "come home to hunt" with parents, siblings and other close family members.
The program is aimed at continuing Montana family traditions by making an effort to bring sons and daughters and family back home during hunting season. The sponsoring adult family member must claim Montana as his or her legal residence and must have a valid Montana hunting license. The sponsor can be a parent, step-parent, grandparent, sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child, spouse, or in-law.
Private Land Tips
There are a few things to keep in mind that will greatly improve results when attempting to secure hunting access to private land.
Show courtesy to the landowner and make hunting arrangements by calling or visiting at times convenient to the landowner. Whenever possible, plan ahead and secure permission well in advance of the actual hunting date.
Provide complete information about yourself and your hunting companions, including vehicle descriptions and license numbers. Explain what type of hunting you wish to do, and and be sure to ask any questions which can help clarify the conditions of access.
Follow the landowners instructions, and bring with you only the companions for whom you obtained landowner permission. Be sure to thank the landowner after your hunt, and consider sending a subsequent note to show your appreciation for being granted the privilege of hunting on private land.