Nonresident Elk And Deer Hunting Licenses Available in Montana

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Nonresidents can purchase Montana deer and elk hunting licenses online, by phone, or over-the-counter in Helena. The licenses, good for antlered deer and elk in most hunting districts, can be used for the general hunting season, which runs Oct. 22 through Nov. 27.

“We have a total of about 1,000 nonresident big game, elk, and deer combination hunting licenses available for this hunting season,” said Hank Worsech, the licensing section chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

Beginning today, nonresidents can purchase a combination hunting license online; or they can call FWP directly at 406-444-2950 in Helena to buy a license or to obtain more information.

First-come, first-served nonresident hunting license now available include: Montana’s big game combination license for $907, the elk combination license for $757, and the deer combination license for $537. 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.

Worsech said the left over licenses might be due to a number of factors, including the passage of a voter initiative last year that increased the prices for Montana's 2011 nonresident big game and deer combination licenses. Additionally, a new law passed this year by Montana legislators allows unsuccessful applicants for a nonresident special elk permit to retain the deer portion of their big game combination hunting license but return the elk license to FWP. The law resulted in more than 800 elk licenses being returned, and which now remain on sale.

“The national economic recession, the fact that our deer populations in the central and eastern part of the state took a real hit last winter, and the perception that wolves have impacted elk here also might have a role in the dip in nonresident licenses sales this year,” Worsech said. “Still, hunting in Montana is an experience unlike any other in the lower 48 states. And this year, for the first time in years, a nonresident can buy an elk license online, over the phone or over-the-counter from FWP’s headquarters in Helena. Nobody has to apply or wait weeks for drawing results.”

For more information on these Montana’s nonresident hunting licenses, visit FWP's website at Click “Nonresident Deer & Elk Licenses Now Available” banner.

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 8 million acres of land made available through the Block Management Program. Hunters follow all regulations and must seek permission to hunt on private property.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Definitely the correct


Definitely the correct reasoning here.  Raising the non-resident tags only dissuades those that assist the state in their wildlife management efforts.  Focus needs to be in ensuring that hunting dollars come in from in-state as well as out of state.  The finances behind it is the major contribution to the proportionate amount of hunters that come from out side of the state.  I would not pay these kind of dollars to hunt Montana.  i would hope they re-evaluate their numbers of non-resident hunters this year and correct their fees for non-resident licenses and tags.  There are leftover tags for a reason.





Ca_Vermonster's picture

Exactly Numb, it's not hard

Exactly Numb, it's not hard to figure out why there are leftover elk and deer tags in Montana.  They chose to drastically increase the price of non-resident tags, at a time where the economy is bad and people have less money to go around.  Alot of hunters are probably still going, but are steering their money towards more receptive states like Colorado, as an example. 

I can't imagine the financial impact that this is having on that state.  For every $1,000 that is not being spent on licenses and tags, there is easily double that which is being lost from the local economies.  Hotels, dining establishments, guide services, and the list goes on. 

Maybe the locals don't care if it means more elk for them, but I would think they will start feeling the effects somewhere.

numbnutz's picture

I'm sure the price hike for

I'm sure the price hike for non-residents and he economy are the 2 biggest factor as to why there are so many tags left. I know Montana was on my list to hunt but with the price hike I'm not so sure anymore. I think now that the wolf situation seems to be handled that will soon be a factor as to why non resident are not buying the tags. I wouldn't be suprised if it takes a few year for the F and W to see sales increase again. I know for me I can't afford the amount they want now for mediocer hunting. Heck if I want a subpar hunt I can hunt my own state for a heck of a lot cheaper.