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Hunt: Regulations Hunting Seasons

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


Montana Muzzleloader Heritage Season

A new special muzzleloader season will run from December 11-19.

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

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)

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.

 

2022 SEASON

To be adopted at the August Commission Meeting. 


See more information on the Furbearer Species Guide.

Migratory Birds

2021 SEASON

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

 

2022 SEASON

To be adopted at the April Commission Meeting

 

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

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

 

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 - end date to be adopted April 2022 per federal frameworks. 

OTC License: Oct. 1 - end date to be adopted April 2022 per federal frameworks.

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

2021 SEASON

Archery: Sept. 4 - Sept. 14

General: Sept. 15 - March 15, 2022

Trapping: Nov. 29*-March 15, 2022

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 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 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 of the regulations): 

  • Wolf Management Units 100, 101, 110, 121, 130, 150

  • That portion of WMU 200 that includes the Ninemile watershed north of I-90.

  • WMUs 210, 280, 290, 310, 313, 316, 320.

  • The western portion of WMU 390 (west of Hwy 310, South of I-90, and west of I-15/Hwy 69).

  • The western portion of WMU 400 (north and west of I-15/ Hwy 87, west of Hwy 223 between Fort Benton and Hwy 2 at Chester, south of Hwy 2 between Chester and I-15 at Shelby, and west of I-15 between Shelby and the Canadian border).

 

2022 Season

Season dates will be adopted at the August Commission Meeting. 

See more information on the Wolf Species Guide.