The Hunt Roster is open for sign-up June 15 through July 15 each year.
The Hunt Roster will open for sign-up June 15 (at 8 AM) through July 15 each year.
The Hunt Roster is open for sign-up June 15 (at 8 AM) through July 15 each year. You will be able to register here during that time.
Register for the Hunt Roster on MyFWP.
Select deer, elk and antelope and choose one available hunting district per species. Hunters are encouraged to select hunting districts they are familiar with and can get to quickly if contacted for a hunt opportunity.
In 2014, the Hunt Roster, and hunters from this roster, may be used for 4 types of hunts:
Depending upon their randomized order on the list, hunters registered on the Hunt Roster may be contacted by FWP regional offices if a hunt emerges for the species and hunting district they've identified. Such hunts often come forward quickly and cannot be predicted.
The Hunt Roster is traditionally used by FWP regional offices to respond to prevention or reduction of damage caused by game animals, basically deer, elk and antelope on private land. Landowners may be eligible for these types of hunts if they allow public hunting during established hunting seasons. Assistance may include hazing, repellents, temporary or permanent stack-yard fencing, kill permits or supplemental game damage licenses. Hunters from the roster may also be used to disperse elk in some areas of southwestern Montana where there is risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and livestock.
New in 2014, hunters may also register for a limited number of general season antlerless deer B licenses should they become available.
While B licenses are typically listed in the regulations booklet, due to declining deer numbers for 2014 the Fish & Wildlife Commission adopted a process where additional antlerless deer B licenses may be offered for use during the general archery and firearm seasons via the Hunt Roster—but on only if local deer populations warrant such action.
While hunters will apply via the Hunt Roster for all 4 opportunities noted above, successfully drawing a deer B license would not affect any hunter's opportunity to draw a game damage, management season or elk removal opportunity. Nor would drawing a game damage, management season or elk removal opportunity affect the opportunity to draw a B license.
A game damage hunt is only one response to evident game damage. Typically these hunts are small in geographic scale and on one-landownership with a relatively small number of hunters recruited from the Hunt Roster. The primary intent of a damage hunt is to reduce crop and property damage by re-distributing game animals with only minimal harvest.
A management season hunt is a proactive measure to prevent or reduce potential damage caused by large concentrations of game animals resulting from seasonal migrations, extreme weather conditions, restrictive public hunting access on adjacent or nearby properties, or other factors. Management season hunts typically occur on a larger scale than game damage hunts and may take place across multiple ownerships. There may be relatively large numbers of hunters recruited from the Hunt Roster for a longer period of time with the potential for a significant harvest.
An elk management removal is a management response to the risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and livestock. These small scale removals reduce commingling events between elk and livestock using a very limited number of hunters and harvest to adjust elk distribution in a localized area. These removals may take place throughout the winter and early spring and are applied only in those areas near Yellowstone National Park with brucellosis prevalence. Elk management removals are not used to control elk population size. Before the management removal option can be used, it needs to be adopted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission in a 2015 annual work plan.
In areas where deer populations may require general season antlerless harvest during the 2014 and 2015 archery and firearm seasons, the Fish & Wildlife Commission authorized — in FWP administrative regions 3 through 7 with approval of the Regional Supervisor, FWP Director and Area Commissioner — additional B licenses valid for antlerless deer in specific hunting districts. These B license will be identified after July 15 and would be first allocated via the Hunt Roster. Any unsold licenses would be made available via surplus sale. No hunter may hold more than two of these antlerless deer B licenses in any one district. These B licenses would remain in effect for the 2014 and 2015 general hunting seasons.
Please Note: There is no guarantee that hunts will occur in the same hunting district in subsequent years as game animals, weather, natural causes such as fire and drought, human pressure, etc., are all factors for population distribution.
On August 1, hunters will be able to check their status on the Hunt Roster for each species they are signed up for.
FWP regional offices will be the point of contact for Hunt Roster opportunities. FWP regional offices may attempt to contact eligible hunters by mail, telephone and/or email and often due to the short time-frame to recruit hunters for a hunt, respondents will be selected and those not responding in a timely manner after three attempted contacts by FWP will go to the end of the list.
Please Note: Hunter names are cycled through and never deleted from the current Hunt Roster unless they have been identified for a hunt for that species that year. Hunters may only participate in one damage hunt, management season, or management removal for each species per year. Given the General Season Antlerless Deer B Licenses are allocated separately it is possible for hunters to participate in a damage hunt or management season for deer and also receive an antlerless deer B license for use during the general season.
A Conservation and valid General Deer, Elk or Antelope hunting license is required to hunt. Valid license types are identified for each hunt. Depending on the type of hunt, the FWP Regional office may require or offer the purchase of additional B license(s).