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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

2021 SEASON
 

900 series: Aug. 15 - Nov. 14

Archery: Sept. 4 - Oct. 8

General: Oct. 9 - Nov. 14


See more information on the Antelope Species Guide.

Bighorn Sheep

2021 SEASON
 

Archery: Sept. 4 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - Nov. 28


See more information on the Bighorn Sheep Species Guide.

Bison

2021 SEASON
 

Nov. 15 - Feb. 15, 2022


See more information on the Bison Species Guide.

Black Bear

2021 SEASON
 

Spring: Apr. 15 - end dates vary

Archery: Sept. 4 - Sept. 14

Fall: Sept. 15 - Nov. 28


See more information on the Black Bear Species Guide.

Deer & Elk

2021 SEASON
 

Archery: Sept. 4 - Oct. 17

Youth, deer onlyOct. 21 - Oct. 22

General: Oct. 23 - Nov. 28

Muzzleloader: Dec. 11 - 19


Backcountry - HD's 150, 280, 316*

Archery: Sept. 4 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - Nov. 28

*HD 316 does not have an Archery-only Season


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

Elk Shoulder Seasons

Check individual HD's in the 2021 Regulations (PDF)

Furbearer (Trapping)

2021 SEASON
 

Trapping Districts 1, 2 & 3 

Beaver: Nov. 1 - Apr. 15, 2022

Bobcat: Dec. 1 - Feb. 15, 2022*

 

Trapping Districts 4, 5, 6 & 7

Beaver: Sept. 1 - May 31, 2022

Bobcat: Dec. 1 - Mar. 1, 2022*

 

Portion of Trapping District 6

Swift Fox: Nov. 1 - Jan. 15, 2022*

 

Fisher, Marten

Where open: Dec. 1 - Feb. 15, 2022*

 

Mink, Muskrat, Otter

Nov. 1 - Apr. 15, 2022*

 

* May close earlier when the quota is reached.


See more information on the Furbearer Species Guide.

Migratory Birds

Statewide

Common (Wilson's) Snipe

Sept. 1 - Dec. 16

Mourning Dove

Sept. 1 - Oct. 30

Youth Waterfowl

Sept. 25 - 26

 

Pacific Flyway

Ducks (including Mergansers)

Oct. 2 - Jan. 14

Coots

Oct. 2 - Jan. 14

Geese

Oct. 2 - Jan. 14

Falconry: Ducks (including Mergansers), Coots and Geese

Oct. 2 - Jan. 14

 

Central Flyway

Ducks (including Mergansers)

Zone 1: Oct. 2 - Jan. 6

Zone 2: Oct. 2 - Oct. 10 Oct. 23 - Jan. 18

Coots

Zone 1: Oct. 2 - Jan. 6

Zone 2: Oct. 2 - Oct. 10 & Oct. 23 - Jan. 18

Geese

Zone 1: Oct. 2 - Jan. 14

Zone 2: Oct. 2 - Oct. 10 & Oct. 23 - Jan. 26

Falconry: Ducks (including Mergansers) and Coots

Zone 1: Sept. 22 - Jan. 6

Zone 2: Sept. 22 - Oct. 10 & Oct. 23 - Jan. 18

Falconry: Geese

Zone 1: Oct. 2 - Jan. 14

Zone 2: Oct. 2 - Oct. 10 & Oct 23. - Jan. 26

See more information on the Migratory Bird Species Guide.

Moose

2021 SEASON

Sept. 15 - Nov. 28

See more information on the Moose Species Guide.

Mountain Goat

2021 SEASON

Sept. 15 - Nov. 28

See more information on the Mountain Goat Species Guide. 

Mountain Lion

2021 SEASON

Archery (without dogs): Sept. 4 - Oct. 17

Fall (without dogs): Oct. 23 - Dec. 1

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

2021 SEASON

Sandhill Cranes

Special Drawing License: Sept. 1 - Oct. 30

OTC License: Oct. 2 - Nov. 28

See more information on the Sandhill Crane Species Guide. 

Swan

2021 SEASON

Swan

Pacific Flyway: Oct. 9 - Dec. 1

Central Flyway: Oct. 2 - Jan. 6

See more information on the Swan Species Guide. 

Turkey

2021 SEASON

Spring: April 10 - May 16

Fall: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

See more information on the Turkey Species Guide. 

Upland Game Bird

2021 SEASON

Mountain Grouse: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

Partridge: Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

Ring-necked Pheasant: Oct. 9 - Jan. 1

Youth Hunt: Sept. 25 - Sept. 26

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

2021 SEASON

Archery: Sept. 4 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - March 15, 2022

Trapping: Nov. 29 - March 15, 2022*

*These dates do not apply to the federally designated Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones in Montana. For these zones, the trapping season will start on Dec. 15 unless otherwise determined by FWP due to evidence the majority of bears in these areas have begun hibernation. Trappers should be aware that grizzly bears exist in much of the western half of Montana and should always be prepared to encounter a grizzly bear while trapping.

See more information on the Wolf Species Guide.