Montana hunters have the opportunity to take part in some of the finest hunting found anywhere. But each autumn, some individuals unwittingly or knowingly violate the state’s game laws.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials ask that hunters take the time to review Montana's hunting rules and regulations to ensure they act within the law and are prepared to recognize when others violate the law.
Any violation afield can be reported to TIP-MONT on 1-800-TIP-MONT, 1-800-847-6668.
Among the most common game violations are:
• Failure to properly validate a license/tag and securely fasten the tag in a visible manner to a game animal immediately after the kill and before it is moved or transported from the kill site.
• Failure to obtain permission from landowners before hunting on private property.
• Using someone else's tag on a game animal you killed or tagging a game animal that someone else killed. Party hunting is not allowed in Montana.
• Shooting or attempting to shoot game animals or game birds from a vehicle.
• Shooting game animals on or from any public highway or public right-of-way.
• Using a vehicle (including all-terrain vehicles and aircraft) to concentrate, drive, rally, stir-up or harass game animals.
• Failure to stop at a checking station going to or from hunting or fishing areas, even if you have no game or fish.
• Failure to leave evidence of the sex of a game animal attached to the animal.
• Failure to wear at least 400 square inches of hunter (fluorescent) orange clothing above the waist at all times while hunting big game during firearm seasons.
• Wasting any part of a game animal suitable for food.FWP encourages hunters to protect the future of their sport by hunting responsibly and calling the toll-free 1-800-TIP-Mont (1-800-847-6668) number to report witnessed or suspected property vandalism, trespass or wildlife violations and violations on U.S. Forest Service lands and in Montana State Parks.