The Montana nonresident Elk license is sold by computerized random drawing. The deadline for application submission is March 15th. We have had 100% success in getting all of our hunters licensed for both elk and deer for the past nine years.
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. In 2019 it was priced at $1065.00. 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. In 2019 it was priced at $905.00. 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. In 2019 it was priced at $639.00. It includes Deer, Upland Bird and Fishing.
License priceds for 2020 will not be set until early January. They are expected to increase for 2020 in the neighborhood of thirty or forty dollars from 2019 levels.
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 and 2018 there was strong demand for all of the Elk and Deer licenses. In 2018 drawing success in all categories was in the 75% range. In 2019 there were approximately 23,000 applicants for the 17,000 Big Game Combo and stand alone Elk licenses. There is every reason to believe the 2020 sale will experience demand similar to last years.
Fish, Wildlife & Parks began accepting both paper and online Elk and Deer license applications on February 19th of 2019. This year we are hopeful the date will be a little earlier.
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. The drawing will take place in mid-April and licenses will be mailed to you in early May.
Nonresident Black Bear, Wolf and Mountain Lion licenses are sold on FWP’s website or ‘over the counter’ at sporting goods retailers. There are no quotas on the number of licenses sold, but there are specific dates associated with the purchase and waiting period before validation.
Black Bear: $350.00 Wolf: $50.00 Mountain Lion: $320.00