For elk hunters think snow and more snow. Montana's general, five-week long, elk hunting season opens Oct. 26.
Montana's elk populations are in good shape—even as predation by wolves has contributed to some depressed elk populations in parts of western and southwestern Montana. Once again this season, Montana hunters will pursue elk under some very favorable regulations but, as ever, the weather will play a big part in hunter success. With some good old fashioned cold and snow it could be a banner year for elk.
Even if you didn't draw a special permit this year, remember Montana offers numerous opportunities to hunt for elk with just a general hunting license.
Depending on the hunting district regulations hunters can pursue brow-tined bull elk, spike bull elk, either-sex elk, or antlerless elk. Check out FWP's general license "cheat sheet" online at fwp.mt.gov. Click "General License Cheat Sheet" for details on all of Montana's general license fall hunting seasons, regulations, and specific season dates by hunting district.
For more information on elk hunting in Montana, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click "Hunting" then click Hunting Guide.
Here's a regional rundown on what elk hunters can expect this season.
Region 1—Northwestern Montana
Region 2—Western Montana
Region 3—Southwestern Montana
Region 4—Central Montana
Regions 5 — South Central Montana
Region 6—Northeastern Montana
Region 7—Southeastern Montana