Beginning Monday, May 4, nonresident hunters can choose among Montana’s surplus deer, elk and big game combination hunting licenses and purchase them online or over-the-counter at any Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office.
With more nonresident applications received for Montana’s 2015 deer and elk hunting licenses, there are about 1,600 fewer surplus licenses available this season when compared to last year. The first-come, first-served nonresident surplus licenses will include a total of: 1,696 big game combination licenses for $991; 2,086 elk combination licenses for $841; and 1,635 deer combination licenses for $587.
“Last year we sold out of the surplus deer and big game combos,” said Hank Worsech, chief of FWP’s Licensing Bureau in Helena. “If sales are similar to last year, we could sell out the entire nonresident surplus well before the beginning of the hunting season.”
Montana’s nonresident combination hunting licenses allow one to hunt for deer and/or elk and include season conservation, fishing, and upland game bird licenses; and the hunting-access enhancement fee. The surplus licenses are valid in most hunting districts.
Archery season in Montana runs Sept. 5–Oct. 18. The general big game season runs Oct. 24–Nov. 29.
For more information visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov; then click “Nonresident Licenses“.
Deer and elk are found throughout most of Montana. Hunters enjoy nearly 35 million acres of national forest and other public land, as well as about 8 million acres of mostly private land made available through the Block Management Program. Hunters must follow all regulations and obtain permission to hunt on private property.
(Report by Montana FWP)