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Montana Elk

Montana is home to some of the best Rocky Mountain Elk hunting in the nation. Most bull elk hunting tags must be obtained by application through a special permit lottery drawing. There are some exceptions to that rule, including the back country tags which may be purchased over the counter. There are other areas where you are pretty-well guaranteed that you will draw a tag, but you still must apply. Never Miss provides application assistance for special permit applications for Elk, Youth Elk, Backcountry Elk, Elk B, and SuperTag Elk licenses in Montana.

Your Never Miss subscription will not only guarantee that you "Never Miss" a special permit application deadline, but it will also help you identify which regions produce the most trophy-quality animals, how long it should take for you to draw a tag, and the average success rate for hunters in the region. Our automated online system will help you choose the best region to apply to, based on your unique hunting preferences.

Listed below are 2012 dates. 2013 dates should be close to the same. This site will be updated with 2013 dates once they are released, which will be during the first few months of 2013. General elk special permit applications are due by March 15, 2012. Elk B tag applications must be submitted by June 1, 2012, and supertag applications must be submitted by July 5, 2012. The archery season for elk runs Sept 01 - Oct 14. There is a two-day youth only season from Oct 18 - Oct 19. The general season runs Oct 20 - Nov 25. Backcountry hunts are allowed in regions 150, 151, 280, & 316, but packing harvested game out can be challenging, especially if the weather is warm. The backcountry season for archery is Sept 1 - Sept 14, and the general backcountry season runs from Sept 15 - Nov 25. As difficult as it sounds, a back country Elk hunt lets you rifle-hunt elk during the rut.

These dates change from year to year. If you subscribe to our services you won't need to keep track of these dates or fill out the application forms and mail them in each year. We also send updates any time there are changes that may affect your upcoming hunt. Subscribe today to take advantage of these services.

*Please note that season dates can vary by district. The dates listed above are correct for most districts, but you should check fwp elk regulations before planning your hunt. You should definitely plan to read the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks elk regulations prior to entering the field to ensure compliance to all regulations. Elk Regulations are updated by FWP in early-September each year.

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