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Marias River WMA Hunting Access

The F & W Commission approved a random drawing for deer-hunter access to Montana's Marias River Wildlife Management Area, southwest of Shelby in Hunting District 406.

Deer hunters must apply for an opportunity to access the WMA via a random drawing for deer hunting periods during the Archery Season—September 5 through October 18, 2015; or the General Rifle Season—October 24 through November 15, 2015.

Access to the Marias River Wildlife Management Area will be allocated as follows:

2015 Archery Season - Deer Hunting Periods
  • 10 archers for the first 2 weeks (Sept 5 – Sept 19)
  • 10 archers for the 3rd and 4th weeks (Sept 20 – Oct 3)
  • 10 archery hunters for 5th and 6th weeks (Oct 4 – Oct 18)
2015 General Season - Deer Hunting Periods
  • 10 rifle hunters for the 1st week (Oct 24 – Oct 30)
  • 10 rifle hunters for the 2nd week (Oct 31 – Nov 6)
  • 10 rifle hunters for the 3rd and final week (Nov 7 – Nov 15)

Public hunting access for all other species (except deer) is open on the Marias River Wildlife Management Area.



The application period is June 15 to July 15, 2015.

For questions about the application process, please contact the FWP Region 4 Office at (406) 454-5840.

NOTE: Only successful drawing applicants will be notified of their authorized deer hunting access dates and maps via a letter from FWP.

Points to remember

  • Incomplete applications will be removed from the drawing.
  • Hunters must include their full name, address, phone number, email address, ALS number and desired hunt- archery or general hunting season (applicant may choose only one) on the application.
  • Hunters may apply only once for either archery or rifle season, NOT BOTH.
  • No party applications accepted.
  • Drawing will take place after July 15, 2015 with only successful applicants notified of drawing results.
  • 10 archery hunters randomly chosen per 2 week period.
  • 3 archery hunt periods, each approximately 2 weeks in length.
  • 10 general hunting season (rifle) hunters randomly chosen per 7-9 day period.
  • 3 general season (rifle) hunt periods, each 7-9 days in length.
  • Hunt periods will be allotted at the time of drawing and are not transferable.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with hunt access information and authorized permission prior to the start of the archery season.
  • Successful applicants may use any deer license valid in Hunting District 406.
  • All hunting will conform to the existing F&W Commission-established season structure in HD 406.