Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Montana.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Montana Fish and Wildlife.

Antelope

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
900 SeriesAug. 15Nov. 12
ArcherySep. 2Oct. 6
GeneralOct. 7Nov. 12

Beaver

DistrictsFirst DayLast Day
Western & Southwestern Districts 1, 2, & 3Nov. 1Apr. 15
Central & Eastern Districts 4, 5, 6, & 7Sep. 1May. 31

Bighorn Sheep

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
ArcherySep. 2Sep. 14
GeneralSep. 15Nov. 26

Bison

First DayLast Day
Nov. 15Feb. 15

Black Bear

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
SpringApr. 15Varies: May 31 to June 15
ArcherySep. 2Sep. 14
FallSep. 15Nov. 26

Bobcat

Bobcat seasons my close earlier when the quota is reached

DistrictsFirst DayLast Day
Western & Southwestern Districts 1, 2, & 3Dec. 1Feb. 15
Central & Eastern Districts 4, 5, 6, & 7Dec. 1Mar. 1

Common Snipe

Central Flyway

First DayLast Day
Sep. 1Dec. 16

Pacific Flyway

First DayLast Day
Sep. 1Dec. 16

Deer & Elk

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
ArcherySep. 2Oct. 15
Two-Day Youth Hunt (Deer Only)Oct. 19Oct. 20
GeneralOct. 21Nov. 26
Backcountry (HD’s 150, 151, 280, 316)
ArcherySep. 2Sep. 14
GeneralSep. 15Nov. 26
Elk Shoulder Seasons
Varying dates before and/or after archery/general season

Duck & Coot

Central Flyway

Hunt TypeZoneFirst DayLast Day
Duck & CootZone 1Sep. 30Jan. 5
Duck & CootZone 2Sep. 30Oct. 9
Duck & CootZone 2Oct. 22Jan. 17
FalconryZone 1Sep. 21Jan. 5
FalconryZone 2Sep. 21Oct. 9
FalconryZone 2Oct. 22Jan. 17
Youth WeekendSep. 24Sep. 25

Pacific Flyway

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Duck & Coot & FalconrySep. 30Jan. 8
Duck & Coot & FalconryJan. 14Jan. 18
ScaupSep. 30Dec. 25
Youth WeekendSep. 23Sep. 24

Fisher

Fisher seasons my close earlier when the quota is reached

DistrictsFirst DayLast Day
Districts 1 & 2Dec. 1Feb. 15

Goose

Central Flyway

Hunt TypeZoneFirst DayLast Day
Geese & FalconryZone 1Sep. 30Jan. 8
Geese & FalconryZone 1Jan. 14Jan. 18
Geese & FalconryZone 2Sep. 30Oct. 9
Geese & FalconryZone 2Oct. 22Jan. 25
Youth WeekendSep. 24Sep. 25

Pacific Flyway

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Geese & FalconrySep. 30Jan. 8
Geese & FalconryJan. 14Jan. 18
Youth WeekendSep. 23Sep. 24

Grouse

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Mountain GrouseSep. 1Jan. 1
Sage GrouseSep. 1Sep. 30
Sharp-tailed GrouseSep. 1Jan. 1

Marten

DistrictsFirst DayLast Day
Districts 1-5Dec. 1Feb. 15

Moose

First DayLast Day
Sep. 15Nov. 26

Mourning Dove

Central Flyway

First DayLast Day
Sep. 1Oct. 30

Pacific Flyway

First DayLast Day
Sep. 1Oct. 30

Mountain Goat

First DayLast Day
Sep. 15Nov. 26

Mountain Lion

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Archery (without hounds)Sep. 2Oct. 15
Fall (without hounds)Oct. 21Nov. 26
Winter (with hounds)Dec. 1, 2017Apr. 14, 2018
Late Winter (with hounds)Feb. 1, 2018Apr. 14, 2018
Hound Training Seasons (residents only)Dec. 2, 2017Apr. 14, 2018

Otter, Mink & Muskrat

Otter seasons may close earlier when the quota is reached.

First DayLast Day
Nov. 1Apr. 15

Partridge

First DayLast Day
Sep. 1Jan. 1

Pheasant

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
GeneralOct. 8Jan. 1
YouthSep. 23Sep. 24

Sandhill Crane

Permit TypeHunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Over-the-CounterFor mid-continent Sandhill Crane populationsSep. 30Nov. 27
Special PermitsFor Rocky Mountain populationsSep. 10Oct. 2

Swan

Central Flyway

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Tundra Swan (permits only)Sep. 30Jan. 5

Pacific Flyway

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Swan (permits only)Oct. 8Dec. 1

Swift Fox

Swift Fox seasons may close earlier when the quota is reached.

DistrictFirst DayLast Day
District 6Nov. 1Mar. 1

Turkey

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
SpringApr. 8May. 21
FallSep. 1Jan. 1

Upland Game Bird

Grouse

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Mountain GrouseSep. 1Jan. 1
Sage GrouseSep. 1Sep. 30
Sharp-tailed GrouseSep. 1Jan. 1

Partridge

First DayLast Day
Sep. 1Jan. 1

Pheasant

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
GeneralOct. 8Jan. 1
YouthSep. 23Sep. 24

Turkey

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
SpringApr. 8May 21
FallSep. 1Jan. 1

Wolf

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
ArcherySep. 2Sep. 14
General Season RifleSep. 15Mar. 15, 2018
TrappingDec. 15Feb. 28, 2018

Wolverine

Notice
The 2017/2018 Wolverine trapping season will remain closed for the foreseeable future.