Obtaining a Elk & Deer Tag
Montana Application Glossary
Moose, Sheep, Goat Application
Apply for Tags
Elk Hunt Tag Information
What do I need?
In order to hunt our area you have to obtain an elk combination license or Deer & Elk combination license. You will also need to obtain a permit for area 270-40 for elk and a permit to hunt mule deer. All these are issued through a draw with a deadline of March 15th. If you are contracted to hunt with us we will help you through the application process to secure the proper licenses and permits.
Is the tag guaranteed?
For the past three years everyone who has applied for a Montana elk license has received one. it is not Guaranteed but has been 100% for those that apply. There are a total of 17,000 elk licenses available to non-residents since they started the new tag system there have never been more applicants than tags and have always been as many as 5,000 tags left over which are available over-the-counter after the draw.
What do I need to hunt mule deer and elk on the same trip?
For our hunts you will need to obtain a special permit to hunt elk- these are 100% draw unlimited permits available to anyone who has a license (for difference in license and permit see the Glossary tab). You will also need to obtain a permit to hunt mule deer. We have three areas we apply for. The first is for our first three rifle hunts we apply for unit 250-50 which is a limited draw but near 100% harvest success and bigger bucks. We then put our hunters in for unit 240 and unlimited permit unit as second choice that way our hunters will be able to hunt mule deer somewhere. Although 240 does have good deer the area is heavily timbered and road-less making success more difficult. For our hunters hunting the migration elk hunt we suggest applying for unit 270 for mule deer the odds are slim but it is worth the little extra money if you happen to draw you will have one of the best deer units in the state.
What is the cost of a license?
General Big Game (elk & deer combination license) ……..... $959
General Elk Only…………………………………………………………… $809
General Deer Only………………………………………………………... $570
You will also need an elk permit which is an additional…... $10
What is the difference between a License and Permit?
Please see the Montana Application Glossary tab above!
Do I need anything special if I am going to Archery Hunt?
YES, Deer and elk licenses are valid for both an early archery only season and the general rifle season. To hunt during the archery season, hunters must purchase a $10 Archery license after obtaining a hunting license. A certificate showing the completion of a Bowhunter Education course or a prior year’s archery license from any state is required to purchase the Archery license.
Where do I go to get more information about hunting license in Montana?
Montana Application Glossary
Half the battle of the application process is deciphering the terminology used by Montana. This short glossary will help clear up the confusion.
Elk Combination License: This refers to a general elk tag. This is the tag that lets you harvest an elk in the state of Montana. The word combination confuses people. In this case combination refers to the fact that the license comes with a upland bird and fishing license. There is no other way to get a tag in Montana. All licenses come with the “hunting license” that many states sell separately.
Deer and Elk Combination License: Elk deer combination licenses are the same as the elk combination license but include a deer tag as well. These tags are the best bang for your buck, since you can also harvest a deer as well.
Elk Permit: The elk permit designates where you can hunt your elk. Not to be confused with the license above. The license allows you to kill an elk the permit tells you where you are allowed to hunt. You must have a license before a permit. The permit is generally thought of as a limited entry or trophy unit. Not all units need a permit. Areas that do not require a permit to hunt are considered general elk areas and can be hunted on the elk license alone. The are we hunt is on an unlimited permit this means that everyone who has a combination license and apply for the permit will receive one however YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE UNIT 270 ELK PERMIT TO HUNT OUR AREA EVEN THOUGH IT IS UNLIMITED.
Deer Permit: For our hunts the deer permit designates where you can hunt mule deer. Since whitetails don’t need a permit just a license this only pertains to where you will hunt mule deer. We have three areas we apply for. The first is for our archery and first three rifle hunts. We apply for unit 250-50 which is a limited draw but has great harvest success and quality bucks. We then put our hunters in for unit 240-40 a unlimited permit unit as second choice that way our hunters will be able to hunt mule deer somewhere. Although 240 does have good deer, the area is heavily timbered and road-less making success more difficult. For our hunters hunting the migration elk hunt we suggest applying for unit 270 for mule deer. The odds are slim but it is worth the little extra money if you happen to draw, you will have one of the best deer units in the state.
Montana Sheep, Moose, And Goat Application
Can I apply for Moose, Sheep, or Goat in your unit every year?
Montana rotates the units which Non-residents can apply for. This means that we do no know which of our areas non Residents can apply for till they open up the draw in early April.
What is the deadline to apply?
The deadline for moose, sheep, or goat is May 1st
How many points do I need to draw?
Montana works on a bonus point system this means that there is no specific number that guarantees a draw. It also means that you can draw any year you apply but rewards longevity of application by squaring the applicant’s number of bonus points.
How do I book a sheep, moose, or goat hunt?
In order to book one of these hunts you will need to first draw one of the limited tags in our area then contact us about booking a hunt.
What are the odds of drawing a tag to hunt Sheep or Moose in one of your areas?
It varies but in general expect less than 1% draw odds or on sheep and around 2% on Moose.
What is the cost to apply?
The tag for nonresidents is $755 per species plus $20 for bonus points. The cost of the license is charged upfront. If you are unsuccessful in the draw you will receive a refund minus a small application fee and your bonus point fee.