The Montana nonresident Elk license is sold by computerized random drawing. The deadline for application submission is March 15th.
The Outfitter Sponsored category (the guaranteed license) was eliminated in 2010. Now both outfitted and non-outfitted nonresident Elk and Deer hunters must apply for their license through the March 15th drawing.
There are 17,000 nonresident Elk & Deer combo licenses available. This license is called the General Big Game Combination License and is priced at $1041.00 with the add on fees. It includes Elk, Deer, Upland Bird and Fishing.
If you choose to purchase an Elk license without the Deer tag it will come from the same pool of 17,000 licenses. The stand-alone Elk license is called the Elk Combination License and is priced at $888.00. It is titled a ‘combination license’ because it includes Upland Bird and Fishing along with the Elk.
There are 4,600 nonresident Deer tags available from a separate pool of licenses. The stand-alone Deer license is called the Deer Combination License and is priced at $625.00. It includes Deer, Upland Bird and Fishing.
From 2011 through 2016 the Elk & Deer combo pool of 17,000 licenses did not sell out with the March 15th submission. The unsold or ‘surplus licenses’ were then sold online beginning in early May and generally were available throughout the summer. In 2017 we experienced a significant change from the 100% drawing success and extended sale season we had enjoyed for the previous six years.
In 2017 there was strong demand for the Big Game Combination and the Deer Licenses. The Big Game Combination pool of licenses was oversubscribed by approximately 500 applicants and the pool of 4,600 Deer only licenses by approximately 1000 applications. There were approximately 2000 Elk Combination licenses that did not sell in the March sale. These stand-alone Elk ‘surplus licenses’ went on sale in early May and sold out quickly. There is every reason to believe the 2018 sale will experience demand similar to last years.
Applications for Elk and Deer licenses must be postmarked before March 15th to insure you are in the spring drawing. Fish, Wildlife & Parks Special Licensing Department’s phone number is (406) 444-2950. Online application can be made at FWP’s website: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses. The drawing will take place in early April and licenses will be mailed to you by the first of May.
Please note: The Deer and Elk licenses issued as part of a General Combination License are valid throughout the state. However, some areas of the state have restrictions and limitations. Applicants intending to hunt in a limited district must submit an application for a special permit. The districts we hunt in southwest Montana are not limited districts. If you hunt with us you do not need to apply for a special permit, just the General Combination License of your choice, whether it be Elk & Deer, Elk only or Deer only.