Montana Hunting Seasons, 2018 – 2019

For a passionate hunter like you this place with all essential information about Montana hunting seasons. Learn about all available games such as bear, deer, antelope and many other species.

Theirs is millions of acres of land at your disposal as hunting grounds in the state of Montana. The abundance of various game species is guaranteed. 

You can hunt antelope, black bear, bison, deer and many other big game species. There’s also an immense diversity among small game species where you can find pheasant, grouse, partridge and other. Make sure that you plan your hunt carefully and learn about regulations before you go hunting!

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Montana Hunting Seasons and All Available Games

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#1. Montana Antelope Seasons

Types

Seasons

900 Series

August 15 – November 10

Archery

September 7 – October

General Season

October 12 – November 10

#2. Montana Bison Seasons

Types

Seasons

General Season

November 15 – February 15

#3. Montana Bighorn Sheep Seasons

Types

Seasons

General Season

September 15 – December 1

General Season

September 7 – 14

#4. Montana Black Bear Seasons

Types

Seasons

Archery

September 7 – 14

Spring Season

*April 15 – June 15

Fall Season

September 15 – December 1

*NOTE Season dates may vary.

#5. Montana Elk & Deer Seasons

Types

Seasons

Archery

September 7 – October 20

General Season

October 26 – December 1

Two-Day Youth Hunt (Deer)

October 17 – 18

General Backcountry

September 15 – December 1

Archery Backcountry

September 7 - 14

#6. Montana Wild Turkey Seasons

Types

Seasons

Spring General Season

April 14 – May 20

Fall General Season

September 1 – January 1

#7. Montana Moose Season

Types

Seasons

General Season

September 15 – December 1

#8. Montana Mountain Goat Season

Types

Seasons

General Season

September 15 – December 1

#9. Montana Small Game Seasons

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Types

Seasons

Partridge

September 1 – January 1

Grouse

September 1 – January 1(Mountain & Sharp-tailed)


September 1 – 30 (Sage)

Pheasant

October 6 – January 1 (General)


September 22 – 23 (Youth)

License Requirements

There are different types of licenses in Montana that are available for purchasing. A license means that you can hunt the species for which you obtained that license. Licenses and permits must be used in conjunction, and permits enhance a hunting opportunity.

Do you need anything else for hunting except your license? 

If you want to hunt in Montana, no matter if you are a resident or non-resident, you first need a Conservation License, which is a prerequisite for everyone. Anyone who wants to become a hunter and is born after January 1, 1985, must complete a Hunter Education Course issued by the state of Montana. A student who wants to complete this course must be at least 10 years old.

For youth hunters, residents and non-residents, who are from 6 to 12 years old there is an opportunity to obtain an Apprentice Hunter License which allows them to hunt without completing the hunter education course for two years, although all apprentice hunters must be accompanied by a person who is 21 or older.

Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to permanently obtain a Conservation License at half cost.

You can buy all the licenses online. If you want detailed information about which licenses you need for each game, you can look at the regulations for certain species you are interested in.

Night Hunting in Montana

Did you know that night hunting is allowed only on private land?

In Montana, night hunting is not allowed on public lands, and if you plan to hunt on private property, written permission is a must and of course the one provided by the landowner. For coyote hunting, you can use spotlights.

Night vision is not prohibited in Montana for hunting non-game species or predators. The classified predators are weasels, coyotes, skunks, and civet cats.

Non-game animals are defined as any wild animal that is not legally classified otherwise by some regulation in Montana, although there are some exceptions. These exceptions include raccoon, badger, red fox, rabbits, hares, marmots, ground and tree squirrels, prairie dogs and porcupines.

Where to Hunt in Montana?

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There are over 30 million acres of land in Montana available for hunting, nearly one-third of the whole state. Much of that land has rich and excellent hunting opportunities.

However, finding a productive area and a good hunting ground takes some time and effort. You will need to plan your hunting trip carefully and a good set of maps to determinate which area has a certain game population you want to hunt.

Remember that regulations on public lands are different for each area.

Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas are open for free hunting opportunities, but their most concern is protecting the natural wildlife habitat.

In Montana, there are also National forests that are legally opened for hunting activities. Visit Forest Service District Offices for forest maps and detailed information.

All of these wildlife properties provide vital natural habitat for a variety of animals that would certainly disappear from Montana’s landscape without this managing.

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