Fall 2017 Update: There was strong demand for the Big Game Combination and the Deer Licenses this year. The Big Game Combination pool of licenses was over subscribed by approximately 500 applicants and the pool of Deer only licenses by approximately 1000 applications. This marks a significant change from the 100% success we have enjoyed for the past six years.
There were approximately 2000 Elk only licenses that did not sell in the March sale. These sold out by mid Summer.
There is still a small chance of acquiring a Big Game Combination License. FWP will open up an online sale once a month for the sale of returned licenses. For details contact FWP Special Licensing at (406) 444-2950.
Montana’s nonresident licensing system changed in 2011. The outfitter sponsored or “guaranteed license” was eliminated. The Montana Nonresident elk and deer licenses have been sold by computerized drawing for the past six years.
The good news is the 17,000 elk/deer combo pool of licenses did not sell out with the March 15th submission from 2011 through 2016. If you apply for the big game combo before March 15th you should get a license.
From 2011 through 2015 the Elk and Deer Combination license and/or the Elk licenses that did not sell out on March 15th (surplus licenses) were available online from May 1st all the way through the fall hunting season.
That pattern changed in 2016. The Big Game Combination surplus licenses (1300 that did not sell in the March 15 drawing) sold out shortly after they were made available in early May.
There were 2200 Elk only licenses that did not sell on March 15th. These were made available in early May and finally sold out in late September.
There are 17,000 nonresident elk & deer combo licenses available. This license is called the Big Game Combination License and is priced at $996. 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 because it includes Elk, Upland Bird and Fishing. It is priced at $846.
There are 4,600 nonresident deer tags available from a separate pool of licenses. The stand alone deer license is priced at $596. and is called the Deer Combination License because it includes Deer, Upland Bird and Fishing.
The nonresident deer license may sell out. There are only 4,600 tags available and the $596. price tag is not high enough to put off demand.
Applications for these licenses must be post marked on or 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. 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.
We would recommend you apply for the Big Game Combination License (Elk & Deer) for all of our hunts.