Montana is the big game hunting capital of the United States.
There are seasons for antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, black bear, mountain goat, mountain lion, moose, and deer.
Grizzley bears and wolves are protected.
Click here to see the calendar for big game hunting seasons in Montana.
||Furbearing and Nongame Animals
Furbearing animals are legally defined as beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, marten, fisher, wolverine, bobcat, lynx and swift fox.
Only Montana residents may hunt or trap furbearing animals. License required.
A license is not required for resident trappers/hunters or nonresident hunters to take predatory animals, such as
coyote, weasel, skunk and civet cat (spotted skunk). A license is required for nonresident trappers of predatory animals.
A license is not required for resident trappers/hunters or nonresident hunters to take nongame animals, such as
badger, raccoon and red fox. A license is required for nonresident trappers of nongame animals.
For more information, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) Web Site. |
||Hunting on Private Land
Montana law changed July 1, 1999:
Landowner permission is now required for all hunting on private property.
To assist hunters in identifying property ownership, FWP has developed a new Directory of Montana Maps, which explains what land ownership maps are available and how to gain access to them.
FWP has also developed Access Courtesy Cards for hunters and landowners to use when exchanging access information.
Copies of the Directory of Montana Maps and Access Courtesy Cards are available at all FWP headquarters.
There are many Web sites that have information about hunting in Montana. For instance, the
site Hunting in Montana
states that Montana is "the last best place to hunt." It is also easy to find hunting guides
in Montana. The closest hunting and fishing guide to the property is Slim Keefer (406) 686-4648. Slim
owns the half section to the west of Section 15.
There are seasons for sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, mountain grouse, partridge, pheasant, and turkey.
Click here to see the calendar for game bird hunting seasons in Montana.
There are also seasons on migratory birds, such as geese and ducks. For more information, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) Web Site.