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.”
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.