This season deer hunters in Montana will find another a mix of hunting opportunities across the state when the general season opens Oct. 26.
On the upside, FWP wildlife biologists are reporting better fawn production and survival in many areas. Like other big game hunting, a nice cold front with plenty of snow should lead to some good hunting this season. On the downside, reports of another spotty outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease—a fatal virus in deer that's caused by biting insects—are coming in from across Montana.
Even if you didn't draw a special permit this year, remember Montana offers numerous opportunities to hunt for deer with just a general hunting license.
Depending on the hunting district regulations hunters can pursue antlered mule deer bucks, either-sex mule deer, antlered white-tailed deer, either-sex white-tailed deer. 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.
For more information on Montana's five-week long general deer hunting season, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, click "Hunting" then click Hunting Guide.
Here's a regional rundown on what deer hunters can expect this season.
Region 1—Northwestern Montana
Region 2—Western Montana
Region 3—Southwestern Montana
Region 4—Central Montana
Region 5 — South Central Montana
Region 6—Northeastern Montana
Region 7—Southeastern Montana