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Deer

General Deer License

Details: License is valid for one deer. Hunters may hold only one general deer license, which can be used for deer as indicated under the “General Deer License” heading on the deer and elk hunting regulations. Montana residents 17 and under, holders of a disabled resident conservation license, or residents 62 years and older may purchase this license for $8.

Fees:

  • Resident: $16
  • Nonresident: N/A

Deer B — Drawing

Details: The B License is an antlerless deer license valid during a specific time period and in a particular hunting district or group of districts. Applicants are required to pay full license fee. Cost includes $5 nonrefundable application fee.

Fees:

  • Resident: $15
  • Nonresident: $80

Deer B — Over the Counter

Details: The B License is an antlerless deer license valid during a specific time period and in a particular hunting district or group of districts.

Fees:

  • Resident: $10
  • Nonresident: $75

Deer B — Antlerless Whitetail, Single Region

Details: Allows hunting of antlerless white-tailed deer only, in one region only. Hunter must designate region upon purchase. Not available for all regions.

Fees:

  • Resident: $10
  • Nonresident: $75

Deer Combination — General

Details: Nonresidents may apply for only one combination license per year. Includes a General Deer license and authorizes fishing and hunting of upland game birds, excluding turkey. Conservation with State Lands, Base Hunting and Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass (AISPP) must be purchased separately. 4,600 licenses available.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $704

Deer Combination — Landowner Sponsored

Details: Nonresidents may apply for only one combination license per year. Includes a General Deer license and authorizes fishing and hunting of upland game birds, excluding turkey. Conservation with State Lands, Base Hunting and Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass (AISPP) must be purchased separately. Landowner certificates are obtained from your landowner sponsor. To be certified as a landowner sponsor, contact (406) 444-2950. 2,000 licenses available.

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Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $704

Deer Permits

Details: The permit must be used with a general deer hunting license. A permit is not a second license and does not allow the holder to kill an additional animal. Rather, it expands the opportunity to hunt for a species in a particular hunting district allowing the hunter in some hunting districts to harvest a Buck Mule Deer. General Deer license is available to nonresidents only through the Deer or Big Game Combination licenses. Residents must hold a valid general deer license to apply. Nonresidents must also apply for a big game or deer combination license to apply.

Fees:

  • Resident: $5
  • Nonresident: $5

Nonresident Montana Native Big Game Combination License

Details: For former resident who was born in Montana with current resident relative, other qualifications apply. Conservation with State Lands, Base Hunting and Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass (AISPP) must be purchased separately. Learn more about Nonresident Licenses.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $604

Nonresident Montana Native Deer Combination License

Details: For former resident with current resident relative who was born in Montana, other qualifications apply. Conservation with State Lands, Base Hunting and AISPP must be purchased separately. Learn more about Nonresident Licenses.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $352

Come Home to Hunt — Big Game Combination

Details: To qualify you must have previously hunted in Montana as a resident or hold a Montana hunter education certificate. This license requires a sponsor who is a Montana resident family member, including direct In-laws, who also holds a current years resident hunting license. Includes General Deer and Elk, Upland Game Bird, and Fishing license. Conservation with State Lands, Base Hunting and AISPP must be purchased separately. A total of 500 are available. Learn more about Nonresident Licenses.

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Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $604

Come Home to Hunt – Deer Combination

Details: To qualify you must have previously hunted in Montana as a resident or hold a Montana hunter education certificate. This license requires a sponsor who is a Montana resident family member, including direct In-laws, who also holds a current years resident hunting license. Includes General Deer, Upland Game Bird, and Fishing license. Conservation with State Lands, Base Hunting and AISPP must be purchased separately. A total of 500 are available. Learn more about Nonresident Licenses.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $352

Nonresident Student Hunting License

Details: If you are a nonresident college student currently carrying 12 credits or more at a Montana college or university, you can fish and hunt deer, elk and upland game birds (this includes the AIS Prevention Pass and Base Hunting License). Students must provide at the time of purchase:

  • Current enrollment verification form
  • Valid student identification
  • Proof of completing hunter education in Montana or elsewhere.

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $554 (Big Game Combo (Deer & Elk) / $323 (Deer Combo)

Turkey

A turkey hunter may hold up to 11 wild turkey licenses per year. This may include:

  • 1 General Turkey License valid statewide for male turkey in the spring and for either-sex turkey in Regions 1-3 and 5-7 in the fall;
  • 1 Regional Turkey License in each of Regions 1, 2, 5 & 7 valid for male turkey in the spring and either-sex turkey in the fall (Region 5 license only valid in the spring);
  • 1 Female or Beardless Turkey License in Region 1;
  • 4 Female or Beardless Turkey Licenses valid in Missoula and Ravalli counties;
  • 1 Female or Beardless Turkey License valid in Missoula, Ravalli and Mineral counties.
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Turkey — with Upland Game Bird

Details: Prerequisite of Upland Game Bird license

Fees:

  • Resident: $6.50
  • Nonresident: $57.50

Turkey — without Upland Game Bird

Fees:

  • Resident: N/A
  • Nonresident: $115

Migratory Birds

Special Light Goose Conservation Order License

Details: Only a free special light goose conservation order license is required. No other license is required. A federal “duck stamp” is not required.

Hunters participating in the Light Goose Conservation Order opportunity are not required to complete a HIP survey.

Fees:

  • Resident: Free
  • Nonresident: Free

Migratory Bird License

Details: Residents and nonresidents, 17 and under, need to purchase a Conservation and Base Hunting License and may purchase a Migratory Bird License at half cost (resident – $3.25; nonresident – $25). Federal Migratory Bird Stamp is also required for individuals, both resident and nonresident, 16 and older. The federal stamp is available from the USPS as well as all FWP offices.

All migratory bird hunters in Montana, as well as in al other states, are required to take part in a National Harvest Survey Program. To comply with HIP, you must complete a survey including your name, address and date of birth before you can purchase your Montana Migratory Bird License.

Fees:

  • Resident: $6.50
  • Nonresident: $50
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