Montana Bow hunting Season,Regulations and license fees

Montana Bow hunting Season,Regulations and license fees

Montana is the fourth largest state in America containing most of the major mountain ranges in the west. Whereas, the 60 percent state, which includes the eastern section has prairie lands.

The state’s huntable species include black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, turkeys, wolves, and bison. 

Montana Bowhunting Season

Bowhunting Category Months
Antelope Sept. 4-Oct. 8
Bighorn Sheep Sept. 4-14
Black Bear Fall Archery Sept. 4-14
Deer Sept. 4-Oct. 17
Deer Backcountry Archery Sept. 4-14
Elk Sept. 4-Oct. 17
Elk Backcountry Archery Sept. 4-14
Wolf Sept. 5-14

License Fee In Montana

For hunting in Montana, you are required a Conservation License for all resident and non-resident licenses.

Category License Type Fee
Archery Resident Cost $8
Archery Youth 10-17 Resident Cost $4
Archery Senior 62+ Resident Cost $4
Archery Nonresident Cost $10

Base Hunting License Cost

Hunters are also required to pay an annual fee which will be verified at the time the hunter applies for his/her first hunting license.


Category License Type Fee
Archery Nonresident $15
Archery Resident $10

Total Area And Regulations For Hunting By the State

Montana has 147,000 square miles of area that is suitable for hunting. According to the archery hunting rules of Montana, only a bow that is at least 28 inches in length is considered legal. Apart from that, the weight of the arrow should not be any less than 300 grains with the broadhead attached. 

Fun Facts About Bow Hunting In the State

Mule deer thrive in the Big Sky Country states like Montana. It is quite fun to watch these deer “stotting”. This term is used for a mule deer that is startled and bounces away by pushing all four hooves off the ground at once. 

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