How to Experience the Best Big Sky Hunting


Big Sky, Montana, is encompassed by towering mountains, vast fields, and expansive forests, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best locations for exciting hunting opportunities. Some of the beautiful big game animals include antelope, elk, deer, and more! If you’re a true sportsman, you need to experience hunting in Big Sky.

When you visit Big Sky during hunting season, there are plenty of other thrilling activities to enjoy. Check out our Winter Activities Guide to learn more!

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A Complete Local’s Guide to Hunting in Big Sky, Montana

When Is Hunting Season?

Here in Gallatin County, the hunting season is broken down into parts—archery and general hunting. You can only hunt with a bow during archery season, and it runs from September 2 to October 15. The general hunting season is when you use rifles, and it starts October 21 and goes until November 26. Youth hunting takes place during the gap between these two seasons.

What Game Can I Hunt?


The state of Montana is divided into seven administrative regions by Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Big Sky resides in Region 3, about 18000 square miles, 40% private land, and the rest public. Big game hunting is a major attraction in Region 3, and people travel from near and far to try their luck here.

The most popular animal to hunt here is elk. In fact, about 50 percent of all Montana’s elk harvest happens in Big Sky. Other popular animals to hunt are black bears, mule deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, and antelope.

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Where Are the Best Places To Go Hunting in Big Sky?

You cannot hunt in Yellowstone National Park. But that’s okay—that’s what makes it one of the best spots for wildlife viewing in the world! You can hunt in Gallatin National Forest, though. Some other popular locations are Porcupine Creek, Taylor Fork, and Cinnamon Creek Trail. It’s each hunter’s responsibility to know what areas are private land and what are public. If you’re unfamiliar with the lay of the land, consider embarking on a guided hunt with a local outfitter.

Do I Need To Have a Hunting License?

Yes, you need to have a hunting license in the state of Montana. The law states that each animal requires a specific hunting license. These are available through Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Unwind at The Wilson Hotel

One Bedroom Suite Kitchen The Wilson HotelWhere will you make your home-away-from-home during your Big Sky hunting trip? For the best lodging experience, look no further than The Wilson Hotel. We’re conveniently located in the heart of town, keeping you close to everything Gallatin County has to offer.

Our accommodations range in size and shape, so it’s easy to find the ideal choice for you. We offer studio suites and two-room suites, which feature pristine kitchenettes. No matter which room you choose, you’ll have access to all our fantastic amenities, such as our hot tub, fitness center, customer service, and more!

Check our availability and book your unforgettable hunting experience in Big Sky today. We can’t wait to host you!

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>