Hopeful hunters have until June 1 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for antelope licenses, deer B licenses, and special elk and deer permits that are annually awarded through special drawings.
Hunters who want to pursue antlered mule deer bucks in 20 hunting districts in southwestern Montana also need to apply for the first time for a special permit by June 1. All other hunting districts within the former Southwestern-8 hunting area once requiring license validations are open to any hunter with a general Deer A license.
Hunters who receive a special permit for taking an antlered mule deer buck-whether in the hunting districts in southwestern Montana or anywhere else in the state-are restricted to taking a mule deer buck in the location specified on the permit and can not hunt mule deer bucks anywhere else in the state.
Special permits, issued only through the annual special drawing, will be required to hunt mule deer bucks during both archery and rifle seasons in the following southwestern Montana hunting districts:
HD 202-150 permits--see page 34
HD 204-01-Unlimited-see page 34
HD 210-01-100 permits--see page 35
HD 240-01--Unlimited-see page 36
HD 250--Unlimited-see page 36
HD 261-01-25 permits--see page 37
HD 270-01-50 permits--see page 37
HD 281--Unlimited--see page 38
HD 291-200 permits--see page 39
HD 292--Unlimited--see page 39
HD 300-40 permits--see page 40
HD 312 East-125 permits-see page 41
HD 318--Unlimited-see page 43
HD 324-35 permits--see page 44
HD 335--Unlimited-see page 46
HD 339--Unlimited-see page 46
HD 343--Unlimited-see page 47
HD 380--Unlimited-see page 48
HD 391--Unlimited-see page 49
HD 392--Unlimited-see page 49
Page numbers refer to the pages in the 2000 Hunting Regulations that cover that particular hunting district
Hunters should check their 2000 Hunting Regulations and apply by June 1 for any permits required in a hunting district they plan to hunt.