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Hunt: Regulations Hunting Seasons

The following dates are provided as a general reference. Please see current regulations for more information.

Antelope

2022 SEASON
 

900 series: Aug. 15 - Nov. 13

Archery: Sept. 3 - Oct. 7

General: Oct. 8 - Nov. 13


See more information on the Antelope Species Guide.

Bighorn Sheep

2022 SEASON
 

Archery: Sept. 3 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - Nov. 27


See more information on the Bighorn Sheep Species Guide.

Bison

2022 SEASON
 

Nov. 15 - Feb. 15, 2023


See more information on the Bison Species Guide.

Black Bear

2022 SEASON
 

Spring: Apr. 15 - May 31 or June 15

Spring Hound Hunting: Apr. 15 - May 25

Spring Hound Training: May 26 - June 15

Archery: Sept. 3 - Sept. 14

Fall: Sept. 15 - Nov. 27


See more information on the Black Bear Species Guide.

Deer & Elk

2022 SEASON
 

Archery: Sept. 3 - Oct. 16

Youth, deer onlyOct. 20 - Oct. 21

General: Oct. 22 - Nov. 27

Shoulder seasons (PDF)

Muzzleloader: Dec. 10 - 18


Backcountry - HD's 150, 280, 316*

Archery: Sept. 3 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - Nov. 27

*HD 316 does not have an Archery-only Season


See more information on the Deer Species Guide and Elk Species Guide

Elk Shoulder Seasons

The primary purpose of elk shoulder seasons is to reduce elk populations in areas that are over population objective as outlined in the Montana Elk Management Plan. Learn more

Check individual HD's in the 2022 Regulations (PDF) for specific hunting district details.

Furbearer (Trapping)

2022 SEASON
 

Trapping Districts 1, 2 & 3 

Beaver: Nov. 1 - Apr. 15, 2023

Bobcat: Dec. 1 - Feb. 15, 2023*

 

Trapping Districts 4, 5, 6 & 7

Beaver: Sept. 1 - May 31, 2023

Bobcat: Dec. 1 - Mar. 1, 2023*

 

Portion of Trapping District 6

Swift Fox: Nov. 1 - Jan. 15, 2023*

 

Fisher, Marten

Where open: Dec. 1 - Feb. 15, 2023*

 

Mink, Muskrat, Otter

Nov. 1 - Apr. 15, 2023*

 

* May close earlier when the quota is reached.

 

Migratory Birds

2022 SEASON

Statewide

Common (Wilson's) Snipe

Sept. 1 - Dec. 16

Mourning Dove

Sept. 1 - Oct. 30

Youth Waterfowl

Sept. 24 - 25

 

Pacific Flyway

Ducks (including Mergansers)

Oct. 1 - Jan. 13

Coots

Oct. 1 - Jan. 13

Geese

Oct. 1 - Jan. 13

Falconry: Ducks (including Mergansers), Coots and Geese

Oct. 1 - Jan. 13

 

Central Flyway

Ducks (including Mergansers)

Zone 1: Oct. 1 - Jan. 5

Zone 2: Oct. 1 - Oct. 9 Oct. 22 - Jan. 17

Coots

Zone 1: Oct. 1 - Jan. 5

Zone 2: Oct. 1 - Oct. 9 Oct. 22 - Jan. 17

Geese

Zone 1: Oct. 1 - Jan. 13

Zone 2: Oct. 1 - Oct. 9 & Oct. 22 - Jan. 25

Falconry: Ducks (including Mergansers) and Coots

Zone 1: Sept. 21 - Jan. 5

Zone 2: Sept. 21 - Oct. 9 & Oct. 22 - Jan. 17

Falconry: Geese

Zone 1: Oct. 1 - Jan. 13

Zone 2: Oct. 1 - Oct. 9 & Oct. 22 - Jan. 25

 

See more information on the Migratory Bird Species Guide.

Moose

2022 SEASON

Sept. 15 - Nov. 27

See more information on the Moose Species Guide.

Mountain Goat

2022 SEASON

Sept. 15 - Nov. 27

See more information on the Mountain Goat Species Guide. 

Mountain Lion

 
2022 SEASON

Archery (without dogs): Sept. 3 - Oct. 16

Fall (without dogs): Oct. 22 - Nov. 27

Winter: Dec. 1 - April 14

Late Winter: Feb. 1 - April 14

Resident Hound Training Season: Dec. 2 - April 14

See more information on the Mountain Lion Species Guide.

Sandhill Crane

2022 SEASON

Sandhill Cranes

Special Drawing License: Sept. 1 - Oct. 30 

OTC License: Oct. 1 - Nov 27

 

See more information on the Sandhill Crane Species Guide. 

Swan

2022 SEASON

Swan

Pacific Flyway: to be adopted at the April Commission Meeting

Central Flyway: to be adopted at the April Commission meeting

See more information on the Swan Species Guide. 

Turkey

2022 SEASON

Spring: April 15- May 31

Fall: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

See more information on the Turkey Species Guide. 

Upland Game Bird

2022 SEASON

Mountain Grouse: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

Partridge: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

Ring-necked Pheasant: Oct. 8 - Jan. 1

Youth Hunt: Sept. 24 - Sept. 25

Sage Grouse: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30

Sharp-tailed Grouse: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

Falconry: Sept. 1 - March 31

See more information on the Upland Game Bird Species Guide. 

Wolf

2022 SEASON

Archery: Sept. 3 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - March 15, 2023

Trapping: Nov. 28*-March 15, 2023

For those districts in and near occupied grizzly bear habitat as depicted on the map on page 14 of the regulations, the department will apply a floating open season date that could start the Monday after Thanksgiving (November 28, 2022), 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 31, then the season will open on December 31 and close on March 15.

In and near occupied grizzly bear habitat is defined as the following (map on page 14):

• Trapping District (TD) 1; TD 2 except for area beginning at the Montana-Idaho border on US Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass, then southwesterly, northerly and westerly along said border to Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass, then easterly along the northern boundary of Mineral County to its intersection with Interstate 90, then easterly along Interstate 90 to the first Interstate Highway 90 bridge west of the Ninemile Interchange, then southeasterly along said highway to the Rock Creek Interchange, then south along Rock Creek Road to Eagle Creek Cable Crossing, then west on USFS Trail 215 to the Rock Creek-Bitterroot River Divide, then southerly along said divide to the Continental Divide (at West Pintler Peak), then southwesterly along said divide to the Montana Idaho border, then westerly along said border to US Highway 93, the point of beginning; TD 3 except for the portion west of Interstate 15 and south of Interstate 90 and that portion north of Interstate 90, north and east of state route 69, and east of Interstate 15; TD 4 except for the eastern portion (south and east of I-15–Hwy 87, east of Hwy 223 between Fort Benton and Hwy 2 at Chester, north of Hwy 2 between Chester and I-15 at Shelby, and east of I-15 between Shelby and the Canadian border); and TD 5 west of US Route 310 and south of Interstate 90. Additional restrictions apply to areas designated as Lynx Protection Zones, see those rules and descriptions on page 13.