Max Bauer with his 2013 Montana mountain lion

Mountain lion license applications available
By Moosetrack Megan


Applications for a special limited-entry mountain lion license drawing are available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Mountain lion hunters can either choose to apply for a special license that is valid only in certain hunting districts available through the drawing–or they may purchase a general mountain lion license by Aug. 31. Hunters cannot do both. Hunters can buy a license later, but there is a 5 day wait required before hunting.

Mountain lion hunting in most northwestern and western hunting districts in FWP Regions 1 and 2 is only by special mountain lion licenses awarded via the drawing.

All mountain lion special license applicants must have a 2016 Conservation License and base hunting license and they must pay a $5 nonrefundable application fee.

Mountain lion hunters can apply for a special license at fwp.mt.gov under Buy a License, or they may apply at any regional FWP office. Online special license applications must be submitted by 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Montana’s mountain lion hunting regulations are now available online and at license providers.

Those who prefer to apply by mail can go to the FWP website on the Hunting page and click Licenses and Permits for a mail-in paper form. Mail-in applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. Mail-in applications must be sent to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; License Section; P.O. Box 200701; Helena MT 59620-0701.