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Game Damage Hunt Roster Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I register?
A. Between June 15 through July 15 you can go to the Game Damage Hunts & Management Seasons page where you will find a link to sign up for game damage hunts for deer, elk and antelope. The link is only available during that time period.

Q. When will the hunts take place and what licenses will I need?
A. Hunts could take place anytime from August 15 through February 15. You need to purchase a current year conservation license and your ALS number to register. However, to actually hunt, some game damage hunts or management seasons may require a valid, but unused, hunting license or permit, while others may allow prospective hunters to purchase a license or permit before the hunt.

Q. When will I know if I'm on a roster?
A. FWP will conduct a computerized random drawing process that will award a placement of all prospective hunters on the roster in the order in which they are drawn. The final rosters will be posted here on August 1.

Q. How will I know when and where to hunt?
A. FWP will contact hunters on the game damage and management season rosters when the opportunities arise. Given the uncertainty of game damage, participation in this process does not ensure a game damage hunt opportunity.

Q. Why is FWP creating these rosters?
A. The effort to create hunter rosters is intended to generally streamline the game damage process. Montana's general five-week hunting season, and the creation of more either-sex seasons for big game, eliminated methods used in past years to generate lists of prospective game damage hunters.

Q. What is game damage?
A. Game damage occurs when animals like elk, deer, and antelope concentrate on private farms and ranches and damage crops and property. FWP's game damage hunt rules explain how FWP will respond to the needs of landowners who provide public hunting during the general hunting season, yet who could nevertheless suffer losses due to wildlife damage.

Q. What is a management season?
A. Special management seasons will be created when needed to attend to large concentrations of game animals due to seasonal migrations, extreme weather conditions, restrictive public hunting on adjacent or nearby properties, and other factors.