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General License Hunting Opportunities For Deer & Elk

There are more than 160 hunting districts that offer hunters over 1,000 different opportunities to hunt for deer and elk with a bow and arrow or a rifle—and all with just a general hunting license.

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Check out the chart that makes it easy to find your general license hunting opportunities.


Buy your license today

NOTE: If you buy licenses online, there may be up to a 10-day wait before you receive these licenses in the mail.



Resident and nonresident deer and elk hunters can purchase licenses now.

No strings attached beyond common hunter or bow hunter education requirements and no special permits needed.

Remember that you must obtain permission to hunt on private land.


Depending on hunting district regulations you can hunt:

  • antlered mule deer buck
  • either-sex mule deer
  • antlered white-tailed deer buck
  • either-sex white-tailed deer
  • brow-tined bull elk
  • spike bull elk
  • either-sex elk
  • antlerless elk


General deer and elk licenses are good during:

Archery Only Season

September 7-

October 20

General Rifle Season

October 26-

December 1