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Deer, Elk & Antelope Hunting Guide

2014 Season Dates

2014 Season Date Card
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Date Setting Process

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Click on the calendar icon in the table(s) below to see the date setting process for each species/hunting season.

2014 Antelope Season Dates

Date
Setting
Start Date End Date Process
900 series
August 15 November 9 Calendar icon and link
Archery
September 6 October 10 Calendar icon and link
General
October 11 November 9 Calendar icon and link

2014 Deer & Elk Season Dates

Date
Setting
  Start Date End Date Process
Archery
September 6 October 19 Calendar icon and link
Two-Day Youth Hunt
(Deer Only)
October 16 October 17 Calendar icon and link
General
October 25 November 30 Calendar icon and link
Backcountry (HD's 150, 151, 280, 316)
Archery
September 6 September 14 Calendar icon and link
General
September 15 November 30 Calendar icon and link

Caution: Season dates vary by district, so please check the regulations.

If you experience any issues downloading the regulations please visit the System Requirements page to learn about common problems or contact technical support.

Corrections to printed 2014 Deer, Elk, Antelope regulations *

Page 33 Error: In hunting district 103 the General Elk License dates are Nov 1 - Nov 30. Correction: In hunting district 103 the General Elk License dates should be Oct 25 - Nov 30.
Page 37 Error: In Hunting District 211 the Elk B Licenses are valid for Brow-tined Bull Elk. Correction: In Hunting District 211 the Elk B Licenses should be Antlerless-only.
Page 37 Error: In Hunting District 211 the opportunity for youth to hunt Brow-tined Bull or Antlerless Elk appears under the Elk B License heading. Correction: In Hunting District 211 the opportunity for youth to hunt Brow-tined Bull or Antlerless Elk should appear under the General Elk License heading.
Page 39 Error: In Hunting District 260 the General Elk License is valid for Either-sex Elk in a portion of the district. Correction: In Hunting District 260 the General Elk License should be valid for Brow-tined Bull or Antlerless Elk, EXCLUDING that portion of the HD west of Highway 93, in Missoula County, and the Lee Metcalf Refuge.
Page 40 Error: In hunting district 270 the Elk B License dates are Nov 17 - Nov 30. Correction: In hunting district 270 the Elk B License dates should be Oct 25 - Nov 30.
Page 40 Error: : In Hunting District 270 the first two Elk B License types are valid north of Sula Peak and Rye Creek. Correction: In Hunting District 270 the first two Elk B License types should be more accurately described as being valid valid north of Rye Creek. A legal description for 270 Portion—North of Rye Creek is given on page 73, along with 270 Portion—East Fork.
Page 73 Error: In Hunting District 250 the Legal Description begins and ends at the junction of US Highway 93 and the Conner Cutoff Road. Correction: In Hunting District 250 the Legal Description should begin and end at the junction of the West Fork Bitterroot Road and the ridgeline between the Spade Creek and Piquette Creek drainages.
What's
New

There have been significant changes in the Deer, Elk, Antelope regulations for 2014. Be sure to read page 11 for this important information before you buy a license.

2014 Deer, Elk, Antelope Regulations

eBook Version

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Complete Version *
(Images and maps are low resolution)

Download of this file may take several minutes even with a HIGH SPEED connection.

Pages 1, 4, 8 10-117, 119 PDF icon and link 5.7 MB

Sunrise-Sunset Tables

Page 119 PDF icon and link 22 KB

Youth Hunting Opportunities

Pages 110-111 Youth Hunting Opportunities 28 KB

Antelope, Deer, Elk, Bear, and Wolf Identification Guides

Pages 19–21 PDF icon and link 350 KB

FWP Contacts & Other Resources Phone Numbers

Page 113 PDF icon and link 139 KB

Deer and Elk

General Regulations & General Information *

Pages 4, 11-17, 31-32 & 106-115, 119 PDF icon and link 533 KB

Individual Hunting District Regulations *

Pages 33-67 PDF icon and link 246 KB

Hunting District Maps

Region 1

Page 22 PDF icon and link 1.1 MB

Region 2

Page 23 PDF icon and link 1.2 MB

Region 3

Pages 24-25 PDF icon and link 2.2 MB

Region 4

Pages 26-27 PDF icon and link 2.2 MB

Region 5

Page 28 PDF icon and link 1.2 MB

Region 6

Page 29 PDF icon and link 1.0 MB

Region 7

Page 30 PDF icon and link 1.2 MB

Legal Descriptions for Individual Hunting Districts

Pages 69-87 PDF icon and link 86 KB

Restricted Area Legal Descriptions

Pages 16-17 PDF icon and link 221 KB

Antelope

General Regulations & General Information *

Pages 4, 11-17, 93 & 106-115, 119 PDF icon and link 518 KB

Individual Hunting District Regulations

Pages 94-100 PDF icon and link 40 KB

Hunting District Maps

Region 1 - There is no Antelope hunting in Region 1

Region 2-3

Page 88 PDF icon and link 1.4 MB

Region 4

Page 89 PDF icon and link 762 KB

Region 5

Page 90 PDF icon and link 1.2 MB

Region 6

Page 91 PDF icon and link 1.1 MB

Region 7

Page 92 PDF icon and link 1.2 MB

Legal Descriptions for Individual Hunting Districts

Pages 100-105 PDF icon and link 223 KB

Restricted Area Legal Descriptions

Pages 16-17 PDF icon and link 221 KB

* Updated March 3, 2014

Resident License Applications

2014 Resident Deer and Elk Permit Application Packet (Commission Adopted) [Learn more]

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Montana Resident Deer & Elk Permit Application

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Montana Resident Deer & Elk Permit Application

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Resident Deer B and Elk B, Antelope, & Antelope B License Application

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Application Deadline: June 2, 2014

2014 Miscellaneous Licenses Application—mail-in application is not available for residents.

Residents must purchase the conservation license, fishing, and most general hunting licenses at an FWP office, FWP License Provider, or online.

Nonresident License Applications

2014 Nonresident Combination License and Deer and Elk Permit Application Packet (Commission Adopted) [Learn more]

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Montana Nonresident Combination License & Deer & Elk Permit Application

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Montana Nonresident Landowner Sponsored Deer Application

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Nonresident Deer B and Elk B, Antelope, & Antelope B License Application

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Application Deadline: June 2, 2014

2014 Montana Come Home to Hunt License Application [Learn more]

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2014 Montana Nonresident Native License Application [Learn more]

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Apply for this license in person at any FWP office or mail in (see application for details). Family members can NOT apply for other family members. Applications must be completed before they are presented to an FWP office.

There is no quota and no deadline to apply.

2014 Nonresident Youth Combination Application

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2014 Montana Nonresident Deer & Elk Permit Application

The application deadline has passed.

Application deadline was: March 15, 2014

2013 Nonresident Over-the-Counter Deer B and Elk B License Application

The purchase deadline has passed.

2014 Montana Nonresident Surplus Combination License Application

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All licenses are sold on a first come, first served basis.

2014 Nonresident Miscellaneous Licenses Application

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The Nonresident Miscellaneous License Application contains nonresident conservation, 2-day fishing, 10-day fishing, season fishing, upland game bird, general turkey, spring/fall black bear, bow & arrow license, archery and hunting access enhancement fee.

Approximate 2014 deer, elk, antelope drawing dates:

  • Deer and Elk
    • Special Drawing, Permits — Mid-April
    • Special Drawing, Antlerless B License — Week of July 14
    • Supertag — July 14
  • Antelope
    • General — Week of July 23
    • Supertag — July 14
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Check your drawing results and other ALS information.

HD 360 - Elk Harvest Reporting

A hunter may harvest only 1 elk in either HD 360 or 362 by using either a general elk license or an antlerless B license. Successful elk hunters must report their harvested elk within 72 hours by calling 1-877-FWP-WILD (397-9453) or (406) 444-0356.

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