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Montana Mountain Lion

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. The deadline to apply for Special Mountain Lion License drawing is August 31st. Unsuccessful applicants for a Special Lion license will be eligible to purchase a General Mountain Lion license which is valid statewide in any open district during the fall without dogs, in the Archery Only season, in any open district during the Late Winter Season (Feb 01 - Apr 14) in Region 2 and in the Missoula Special Management Area. A general mountain lion license purchased after August 31st may not be used until five days after the license is issued.

There are five Mountain Lion seasons in Montana. The Archery Only Season without dogs is Sep 01 - Oct 14, the Fall Season without dogs is Oct 20 - Nov 25, the Winter Season is Dec 01 - Apr 14, the Late Winter Season is Feb 01 - Apr 14, and the Hound Training Season is Dec 02 - Apr 14. There are Winter Season general license harvest quotas which you must be aware of.

A hunter may only harvest one legal mountain lion, and they must leave evidence of the animal's sex and species naturally attached to the hide. The license tag must be immediately validated and must remain with the skull and hide until presenting for trophying. Successful hunters are required to purchase a $50 mountain lion trophy license after they have harvested a mountain lion. Hunters must personally report their mountain lion kill within twelve (12) hours by calling the mountain lion reporting line at 1-877-397-9453, and must present the hid and skull to an officer of FWP residing in the administrative region in which the license was filled within ten (10) days.

Mountain Lion tags may be purchased over-the-counter or may be drawn by submitting a special permit application. Special permit applications are due by August 31st. This date may change from year to year. If you subscribe to our services you won't need to keep track of any dates or fill out any application forms or mail them in each year. We will do it for you. We will also send updates any time there are changes that may affect your upcoming hunt. Subscribe today to take advantage of these services.

Mountain Lion quotas change every year, so please check the fwp Mountain Lion regulations before planning your hunt. You should definitely plan to read the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Mountain Lion regulations prior to entering the field to ensure compliance to all regulations. Mountain Lion Regulations are updated by FWP in late-June each year.

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