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2018 HUNTING
SEASONS AND DATES

General Rifle Season and Bow Season Dates To Be Confirmed

ELK, DEER, BLACK BEAR, BIGHORN SHEEP, MOUNTAIN GOAT
MOOSE, BISON, WOLF, TURKEY, DUCKS & GEESE

EARLY SEASON RIFLE ELK/DEER WILDERNESS HUNTS – begins Sept 15

Hellroaring Camp        
7 DAYS (DAY IN, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DAY OUT)
Hunt #1 Sept 14-20                                                                                               
                          

GENERAL SEASON RIFLE ELK/DEER HUNTS – Oct 20-Nov 25

Wilderness Hunts:

Independence/Boulder River Drainage
7 DAYS (DAY IN, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DAY OUT)                    
Hunt #1 Oct 19-25

Private Land Hunts:                                  

Lazy EL Ranch
7 DAYS (ARRIVAL, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DEPARTURE)
Hunt #1 Oct 19-25
Hunt #2 Oct 26-Nov 1

Trophy Opportunity Ranch
7 DAYS (ARRIVAL, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DEPARTURE)
Hunt #1 Oct 26-Nov 1
Hunt #2 Nov 2-8
Hunt #3 Nov 9-15
Hunt #4 Nov 16-22

Big Timber Ranches
7 DAYS (ARRIVAL, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DEPARTURE)
Hunt #1 Oct 19-25
Hunt #2 Oct 26-Nov 1

Hunt #3 Nov 2-8
Hunt #4 Nov 9-15
Hunt #5 Nov 16-22

E-E Ranch
Season Dates: *2017 dates listed. MFWP will confirm dates for 2018 turkey, duck and geese in the Spring of 2018. Check Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks website for confirmation.

  • Deer Season: Oct 20-Nov 25 Application deadline for General Draw March 15
  • Turkey Season:
    Spring *April 12-May 18 (Application deadline March 3) 
    Fall *Sept 1-Jan 1 (Application deadline July 28)
  • Duck & Geese Season: *September 28 - TBA

ARCHERY SEASON HUNTS

*Season dates subject to change due to MFWP release of 2018 hunting information in early February. Check Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks website for confirmation.

SEASON: SEPTEMBER 1ST - OCTOBER 14TH  

Archery Only Season Dates for Elk/Deer: September 1 - October 14

ArchEquip Only Season Dates for Antelope: August 15 - November 12
Archery Only Season Dates for Antelope:
September 1 - October 5*

Wilderness Archery Hunt Dates:
Hunt #1 Aug 31 - Sept 6
Hunt #2 Sept 7-13

Big Timber Ranch Private Land Archery Hunt Dates:
Hunt #1 Sept 7-13
Hunt #2 Sept 14-20
Hunt #3 Sept 22-28
Hunt #4 Sept 29- Oct 5
Hunt #5 Oct 6-12

Lazy E-L Ranch Private Land Archery Hunt Dates:
Hunt #1 Sept 6-12
Hunt #2 Sept 23-29

Trophy Opportunity Ranch Private Land Archery Hunt Dates:
Hunt #1 Sept 7-13
Hunt #2 Sept 22-28
Hunt #3 Sept 29- Oct 5
Hunt #4 Oct 6-12


SEASONS FOR HUNTING OTHER SPECIES

BIGHORN SHEEP HUNTS - 10 DAYS (DAY IN, 8 DAYS HUNTING, DAY OUT)
SEASON: SEPTEMBER 15 - NOVEMBER 25

MOUNTAIN GOAT HUNTS - 7 DAYS (DAY IN, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DAY OUT)
SEASON: SEPTEMBER 15 - NOVEMBER 25

MOOSE HUNTS - 7 DAYS (DAY IN, 5 DAYS HUNTING, DAY OUT)
SEASON: SEPTEMBER 15 - NOVEMBER 25

BLACK BEAR
FALL SEASON: SEPTEMBER 15 - NOVEMBER 25
SPRING SEASON: BEGINS APRIL 15

WOLF*
2017/18 SEASON: SEPTEMBER 15, 2017- MARCH 15, 2018
2018/19 SEASON: TBA www.fwp.mt.gov

SPRING TURKEY*
SEASON: APRIL 12-MAY 18 (Application deadline March 3)  www.fwp.mt.gov

FALL TURKEY*
SEASON: SEPTEMBER 1 - JANUARY 1 (Application deadline July 28) www.fwp.mt.gov

DUCK & GEESE* 
SEASON: SEPTEMBER 28 - TBA www.fwp.mt.gov

* Check MFWP website for dates. www.fwp.mt.gov

 


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