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Hunt Roster

The Hunt Roster is currently open.

The Hunt Roster will open for sign-up June 15 through July 15 each year.

The Hunt Roster is currently closed for the season.

The Hunt Roster will open for sign-up June 15 (at 8 AM) through July 15 each year.

About the Hunt Roster

There is only one Hunt Roster and hunters from this roster may be identified for 3 types of hunts: Game Damage, Management Season, and Dispersal. Depending upon their randomized order on the list, hunters registered on the hunt roster may be contacted by the FWP regional offices if there is a hunt planned for the species and hunting district they signed-up for. These hunts often evolve quickly and cannot be predicted.

The Hunt Roster is used by the FWP regional offices as an efficient and effective means of responding to landowners in the prevention or reduction of damage caused by game animals, basically deer, elk and antelope. Landowners may be eligible for these types of hunts if they allow public hunting during established hunting season. 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 Montana where there is risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and livestock.

Game Damage Hunts

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.

Management Season Hunts

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.

Dispersal Hunts

A dispersal hunt is a management response to the risk of brucellosis transmission between elk and livestock. These small scale hunts reduce commingling events between elk and livestock using very limited hunter presence and harvest to adjust elk distribution in an area. By design, the hunt areas exclude habitat where elk presence does not represent transmission risk. These dispersal hunts may take place throughout the winter and early spring and are applied only in those areas with brucellosis. Dispersal hunts are not used to control elk population size.

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.

Dates to Remember

  • June 15 through July 15: Hunt Roster registration for deer, elk and antelope for anticipated hunting districts.
  • July 16: FWP will conduct a computerized random drawing process that will award placement of all prospective hunters on the roster in the order in which they are drawn.
  • August 1: Hunt Roster results are available to hunters through MY FWP or through a link on the Hunt Roster page.
  • August 15: Game Damage Hunts and Management Seasons could take place anytime from August 15 through February 15; Brucellosis Dispersal hunts may extend for a longer period of time in the spring.

To Register

The Hunt Roster will 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.

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 hunt for each species per year.

Required Fees and Licenses

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).