Montana Self Guide Hunting Licenses
A montana self guide hunting license is required to hunt in the state of Montana. To apply online, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website. If you were born after January 1, 1985, you are required to show proof of completing a Montana hunter safety and education course prior to applying for any hunting license.
Types of Montana Hunting License
A resident is a person who has lived in Montana for at least 180 days. Montana residents age 12 or older should apply for the Base Hunting License and the Conservation License. Additional licenses and/or permits are required to hunt specific game species.
All non-residents age 12 or older should apply for the Base Hunting License and the Conservation License. Additional licenses and/or permits are required to hunt specific game species. A non-resident person who once lived in Montana, purchased a resident hunting license and has an immediate family member who is a Montana resident may apply for the “Come Home to Hunt” license. Please click here for more information.
Youth Hunting License
State law allows resident and nonresident youngsters between the ages of 12-17 to hunt any game species with a valid license during an open season after they have successfully completed an approved hunter education course. Additional licenses and/or permits are required to hunt specific game species. In addition, residents and non-residents ages 10 to 17 are eligible to participate in the Apprentice Youth Program.
Montana residents with a disability may be eligible for the reduced-fee Resident with a Disability Conservation License. You must be permanently and substantially disabled to qualify for this license and show documented proof of the disability. These licenses are not available to nonresidents.
Military and Veteran License
Active-duty military members who are stationed in Montana or who are Montana residents but stationed elsewhere may purchase a resident hunting license.
Montana also allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member who is working with an organization that uses hunting as part of the rehabilitation process.
Migratory Waterfowl Requirements
All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. All hunters age 12 or older must purchase the Montana Migratory Bird License. Hunters are also required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).
The Base Hunting License is good for one year from the date of purchase. Species licenses and permits are valid during only their authorized seasons.
For a list of license costs, please click here.
Montana Archery Elk Hunting Season Dates
Early September through mid October.
General Rifle Hunting Season Dates
Late October to late November. This includes elk, bear, moose, mountain lion and wolf.
For more information please visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website.