Several scheduled late season elk hunts are currently underway in various portions of central and south-central Montana. Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials emphasize that the general big game season has not been "extended" in any areas of the state.
These late special elk season are planned hunts that normally give hunters the opportunity to take animals that, for various reasons, were unavailable during the general hunting season. The two best known late hunts in Montana take place in the Gallatin and Gardiner areas of southwestern Montana, north of Yellowstone National Park. This type of hunt is a population control hunt. Because they are planned hunts, permits are obtained through the annual special license and permit drawings.
Other late season hunts may occur on private lands in cooperation with landowners and most are associated with game depredation. These hunts are unplanned. Participants are selected from those who applied for, but were unsuccessful in obtaining, a special elk hunting permit for the area through the special drawings. There is no opportunity for others to apply for a permit.