Montana Hunting Begins Aug 15th

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Some archery-only antelope hunters will be afield Wednesday, Aug. 15.

These hunters hold a 900 series license to archery hunt antelope Aug. 15—Nov. 11 in any hunting district starting with 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

This either-sex antelope license had to be obtained over the counter by June 1. Archers who secured this license can only hunt antelope with archery equipment from Aug. 15 – Nov. 11.

FWP officials remind early-season archery hunters that they may be traveling through or hunting in areas with Stage 1 or 2 fire restrictions. Hunters must follow all fire restriction advisories in effect in these areas. For details on current conditions, go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website at fwp.mt.gov. Click Drought & Fire under Hot Topics.

As a reminder, the general antelope-hunting season will open on Oct. 7 and close Nov. 11, instead of Oct. 14 through Nov. 11, as listed in Montana's deer, elk, and antelope regulations booklet.

During the antelope archery-only season, Sept.1-Oct. 13, archery hunters may pursue antelope with region-specific antelope licenses issued through the antelope drawing. All antelope hunters need to be aware that this year the final week of archery season overlaps with the opening week of the general antelope-hunting season. Hunter orange will be required for archery hunters during this one-week overlap.

The archery-only deer and elk seasons run Sept. 1-Oct. 14.

The 2007 deer, elk and antelope regulations are available at FWP regional offices, from FWP license providers and on the Internet at fwp.mt.gov on the Hunting page.