Montana Offers New Antlerless Elk Tag This Year

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Montana hunters aiming for a full freezer this fall will be able to buy a license in some areas to hunt antlerless elk and forego the purchase of a general elk license.

In addition, resident hunters seeking A-9 antlerless elk licenses through Montana's annual special drawings, and nonresidents similarly seeking B-12 antlerless elk licenses, no longer need to first purchase a general elk license. A current Montana conservation license is now the only prerequisite license needed to apply. Hunters applying for special elk permits and A-7 elk license, however, still must first purchase a general elk license.

A law recently passed by the Montana Legislature eliminated the requirement for resident and nonresident hunters to buy a general elk license prior to purchasing a A-9 and B-12 licenses to hunt antlerless elk. The intent of the law is to make it a bit easier for hunters to obtain a license to harvest antlerlesss elk in areas where elk numbers exceed population goals.

Some antlerless elk licenses will be available only via the special drawings, which must be applied for by June 1. Others available for use in specific hunting districts will be sold over-the-counter beginning Aug. 13. For information call Hank Worsech, FWP's chief of licensing, at 406-444-2663.