Montana on map
About hunting in Montana
The fourth-largest state in the United States, Montana is a hunter’s and outdoorsman’s paradise. Covering 147,000 square miles, Montana is split into distinct eastern and western regions by the Continental Divide. Most of the major mountain ranges (there are at least 100) are in the west. About 60 percent of the state, most of the eastern section, is prairie, but there are a number of isolated peaks and ranges that interrupt the prairie landscape. Huntable species in Montana include black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, turkeys, wolves, and bison. There is also excellent hunting for upland birds and waterfowl in most of the state. Montana’s wildlife is well managed, with excellent trophies of nearly every big-game species being taken in the state every year. Some of the largest bighorn sheep in the world come from Montana, especially the Missouri Breaks region; however, drawing odds are extremely low. Hunting in Montana is conducted on both public and private land, and permission is required to hunt on private land. Outfitters and guides must by licensed by the Department of Labor and Industry. To hunt in Montana, you need a general big-game or species license as well as, in some cases, a permit entitling you to hunt in a specific area or type of animal. A Conservation License is also required. Consult with your outfitter and be certain that he or she is able to either provide the needed licenses and tags or instruct you on how to purchase them. Many of Montana’s hunting opportunities are only available through a draw system, which requires planning ahead. In some cases, however, licenses are available for purchase over the counter or outfitters have tags available for nonresident hunters. Big-game animals must be properly tagged before the carcass is removed from the kill site or before the hunter leaves the kill site. Montana requires that all hunters and guides must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of hunter orange visible above the waist. The rule does not apply to archery hunters hunting during the archery-only season, but it does apply to bowhunters hunting during the general big-game firearm seasons. It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with Montana’s hunting regulations before you begin your hunt, even if you are hunting with an outfitter. Rules surrounding season dates and hunt area boundaries can be complex, and because rules often differ from species to species and region to region, be sure to read up on specific regulations for you particular hunt. Find information at Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (fwp.mt.gov) and specific hunting regulations here: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/default.html.
Top hunts All hunts (105)
Antelope Rifle Hunts, 2020, EK United States
THE TIME TO START PLANNING A FANTASTIC RIFLE ANTELOPE HUNT IN MONTANA IS NOW. THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TODAY THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE CHANCE TO DRAW AN ANTELOPE LICENSE IN THE FUTURE. I WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THE ENTIRE APPLICATION PROCESS STARTING TODAY! THIS IS A SPECTACULAR HUNT THAT REQUIRES JUST A LITTLE ADVANCED PLANNING..........START TODAY!! Rifle Antelope, 700-20 permit required. Hunt dates from 10-10-2020 through 11-8-2020. We offer 2x1 hunts ($2100. per hunter) and 1x1 hunts ($2500.) Montana has a four week long rifle antelope season. Hunting for antelope here is almost all purely spot and stalk with an excellent chance of taking one of the most beautiful and exotic animals in North America. This hunt is perfect for the most experienced hunter, couples or parent/child as it is not unusual to see over 100 antelope per day insuring nonstop action and hunting excitement. The area we outfit in has great trophy buck potential!! Hunters should expect to draw this sought after rifle antelope permit in 1-3 years as all antelope permits in Montana are done via a drawing. Drawing odds are: 1st year 45%, 2nd year 60%, 3rd year 80%.....you need to start planning now as this hunt is well worth the effort!! Nonresident License Information: Antelope license cost is around $230. and these are on a limited draw basis.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 10 Oct 2020 8 Nov 2020
Fall Black Bear Hunt '20 United States
Black bears are plentiful in western Montana and are legal game. The Swan Valley has the highest population concentration, and produces the best color phased bears in the state. We hunt black bears in the spring exclusively and in the fall in combination with our other hunts, or as a stand alone hunt. Group Discount Rates: 10% for groups of 4+ Dates: Oct 2 - Oct 6 Oct 8 - Oct 12 Oct 14 - Oct 18
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 2 Oct 2020 18 Oct 2020
3 Day Antelope Hunt United States
We hunt pronghorn antelope on large private ranches in Southwestern Montana. This allows our hunters to experience a high quality, memorable hunting experience in one of the most beautiful places out West. You will be hunting in antelope hunting district 338, we've been 100% successful on our rifle antelope hunts since 1998. Archery and rifle hunts available. Stay in our 7 bedroom, 4 bath beautiful lodge near the Crazy Mountains with breathtaking views of 3 different mountain ranges from our wrap around deck. Meals and lodging are included in your all inclusive, fully guided 3 day antelope hunt. Our trophy antelope hunters in the past have had very good success on 15“ + antelope.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 15 Aug 2020 14 Nov 2020
Interested in this destination? Create a subscription to get offers right to your inbox