March 15 is the deadline to apply for Montana's 2014 deer and elk hunting permits. An updated, easy-to-use eight-page application packet is now available online at fwp.mt.gov. Paper applications are also available from most hunting license providers and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices.
This year applicants need to be aware that some hunting districts and some five-digit hunting codes have changed. Applicants should not rely on last year's regulations or codes and must be sure to double check the five-digit codes for the permit they seek before submitting an application.
Also, hunters who later this year apply for and receive a B license to hunt antlerless elk during all or any portion of the general or archery seasons in all of Region 1 and most of Region 2 may not take an antlered elk in the district for which the B license is valid. This restriction applies for the entire season even if the B license is valid for only a portion of the season.
All deer and elk regulations became final Feb. 13. For additional clarification on these and other details, the 2014 deer and elk regulations are now online at fwp.mt.gov. Hard copies of the hunting regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local license providers in April.
Nonresidents who wish to apply for big game combination, elk combination or deer combination licenses and deer and elk permits for the 2014 fall Montana hunting season can also apply online or download an application from FWP's website.
To request an application by mail, write to: Licensing Section; Montana FWP; P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT; 59620-0701; or call: 406-444-2950. The application deadline is March 15. Successful applicants will receive their permits in mid-April.
The state's black bear and spring turkey hunting regulations are also available online, and have been shipped to FWP offices and license providers across the state.
May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat licenses available through a drawing. Applications must be in by June 2 for antlerless deer B, elk B, antelope and antelope B licenses.