If you were born after January 1, 1985, you are required to show proof of completing a Montana hunter safety and education course or an approved hunter safety course from any other state or province prior to applying for or purchasing a hunting license, whether the hunting license is for the rifle or archery season.
To purchase a Montana Bow and Arrow license, a hunter must:
Youths who have completed Hunter Education and will turn 12 years of age before January 16 of the license year may purchase or apply for licenses and hunt after August 15 of the license year.
To claim landowner preference for a deer permit, a landowner must own or be contracting for purchase at least 160 acres of contiguous land within the applied for hunting district. For a landowner preference elk permit, the landowner must own or be contracting to purchase at least 640 acres of contiguous land within a district regularly used by elk. To obtain the required 2012 Landowner Preference application form, call (406) 444-2950.
Duplicate certificates of completion for the Montana hunter education and bowhunter education courses may be obtained online.