MILES CITY, Mont.-- Once again, March 15 is the deadline to apply for 2013 deer and elk hunting permits. Montana's streamlined eight-page deer and elk application packet is available at all license providers and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices. The packets and additional information are also available online at fwp.mt.gov.
Nonresidents who wish to apply for big game combination, elk combination or deer combination licenses and deer and elk permits for the 2013 Montana hunting season can also apply online or download an application from FWP's website.
The March 15 deadline was approved last year by the Montana FWP Commission in response to requests for more time to plan fall deer and elk hunts, according to FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim in Helena.
"Just like last year, the 2013 packets offer a fast and convenient way to identify hunting districts where buck deer and bull elk permits are available," Aasheim said. More than 80,000 applications were distributed statewide to FWP license providers.
As in past years, resident hunters need a 2013 elk license to apply for a special elk permit. Successful applicants will receive their permits in April and, as a result, have three extra months to make preparations for their fall hunts. Aasheim noted Montana’s final deer and elk regulations will be finalized by the FWP Commission on Feb. 14.
Montana's 2013 regulations will be posted online by March 15, and hard copy regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local licenses providers by April 1. May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison licenses. June 1 is the deadline to apply for Elk B, Deer B and antelope licenses. Cow elk hunting opportunities are available as “Elk B” licenses; and doe hunting opportunities are available as “Deer B” licenses.
Hunters who'd like to review Montana 2012 regulations can do that online at fwp.mt.gov. Click the "For Hunters" tab. 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.