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Regulations

Regulations for upcoming seasons are posted online throughout the year. Wolf regulations are typically posted late June.

All downloads below are in PDF format.

 

Mandatory Animal Pelt Tagging & Harvest Reporting

Hunters and trappers must call in their wolf harvest within 24 hours. If the hide and skull are retained, they must be brought in for inspection and pelt tagging at an FWP office within 10 days.

  • Harvest Reporting Line: 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453)

  • Transfer possession of harvested game animal that requires mandatory FWP inspection: Download form (PDF)

 

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Seasons

These dates are provided only as a general reference. Check current regulations or use FWP's online Hunt Planner for specific dates.

 

2021 Wolf Season Dates

Archery
September 4 – September 14

General 
September 15 – March 15

Trapping*
Season dates for trapping wolves will be the first Monday after Thanksgiving to March 15 for the entire state. For those districts located in the federally designated Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone, the department will apply a floating open season date that could start the Monday after Thanksgiving (November 29, 2021), or any day thereafter as determined by the department based upon a real time reading of conditions. If the department does not select a date prior to December 15, then the season will open on December 15 and close on March 15. 

*Note: First-time wolf trappers must complete a wolf trapping education and certification course in Montana or Idaho before setting a trap. Learn more.

 

Harvest Status Information

Wolf harvest status information may be obtained:

  • By calling 1-800-385-7826 or 406-444-1989 for statewide information

  • By checking the online harvest page

Licenses

The combined maximum hunting and trapping bag limit is 10 wolves per person during the 2021-22 season. Ten wolves can be taken by means of hunting each with a valid Wolf License. Trapping is authorized, with a valid Trapping License and upon completion of a mandatory one-time wolf-trapping certification course.

Persons could take up to 10 wolves via any combination of hunting and trapping (maximum harvest of 10 wolves per person). For hunting, a separate license is required for each wolf. For trapping, only a Trapping License is required.

 

Prerequisite

First-time wolf trappers must successfully complete a wolf trapping certification course in Montana or Idaho before setting a trap. Learn more.

 

Wolf

Details: With Resident Sportsman or Nonresident Combination license, 1st wolf license.

Fees:

  • Resident: $10

  • Nonresident: $25

Wolf

Details: Without Resident Sportsman or Nonresident Combination license, wolf licenses 2-10.

Fees:

  • Resident: $12

  • Nonresident: $50

Harvest Status & Reporting

Mandatory Animal Pelt Tagging & Harvest Reporting

Hunters and trappers must call in their wolf harvest within 24 hours. If the hide and skull are retained, they must be brought in for inspection and pelt tagging at an FWP office within 10 days.

  • Harvest Reporting Line: 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453)

  • Transfer possession of harvested game animal that requires mandatory FWP inspection: Download form (PDF)

 

Harvest Status & Closure Information

Wolf harvest status information may be obtained:

  • By calling 1-800-385-7826 or 406-444-1989 for statewide information

  • By checking the online harvest page

 

Harvest Reports

To view annual harvest reports, click here.

Wolf Take by Landowners: Senate Bill 200

In 2013, the state Legislature passed a law that allows landowners or their agents to take up to 100 wolves a year that potentially threaten livestock, domestic dogs or human safety (MCA 87-1-901).

The quota will be examined in four 25-wolf increments. The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission must approve the next increment toward the 100-wolf quota.

Anyone who harvests a wolf must report it within 24 hours. To report the harvest of a wolf, call the Harvest Reporting line at 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453)

Helpful Info

Wolves and Wolf Parasites

 

Conflicts

  • If you suspect a livestock loss due to wolf predation, you can request an investigation by contacting the USDA Wildlife Services: West District (406) 459-5943 or State Office (406) 657-6464.

  • To report a dead wolf or possible illegal activity, contact 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668) or a local game warden.

Management & Monitoring

Gray wolves are classified as a Species in Need of Management in Montana. The state maintains sustainable hunting and trapping opportunities for wolves that follow the commitments outlined in the state's conservation and management plan.

Trapping Guide

Trapping is highly regulated, biologically sustainable, and an important part of Montana's cultural history and outdoor lifestyle. 

MONTANA OUTDOORS

Weighing in on Wolves

Montana works to strike a fair and biologically sound balance between having enough of the large carnivores and having too many.

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