Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Montana Wolf Hunting Licenses Available August 8

A sign of these times: wolf hunting licenses are going on sale
in Montana, beginning Monday, August 8.

Licenses will be valid within 14 specifically defined wolf
management units. Hunters must obtain permission to hunt on private
lands.

How to purchase

Hunters can purchase a wolf license online at fwp.mt.gov, or from
any FWP regional office or license provider.

Hunters must have, or also purchase, a 2011 conservation
license.

Wolf hunting licenses are $19 for residents and $350 for
nonresidents.

Regulations and Seasons

Early Season Backcountry Archery: Sept. 3-14.

Early Season Backcountry Rifle: Sept. 15-Dec. 31.

General Season Archery: Sept. 3-Oct. 16.

General Season Rifle: Oct. 22-Dec. 31.

The hunting season will close in a specific WMU when the quota is
reached.

If a WMU’s quota isn’t met, the wolf-hunting season would be
extended in that area through Dec. 31.

Wolf hunting regulations are available via the FWP Web site at
fwp.mt.gov, and from most FWP license providers.

Hunters cannot use any motorized vehicle-including OHVs and
snowmobiles-to hunt wolves.

The use of dogs, bait, sent, lures, traps, lights, electronic
tracking devices, or any recorded or electrically amplified bird or
animal calls to hunt or attract wolves is prohibited.

Additional rules and regulations that apply to big game hunting are
also in effect.

Quotas

The total harvest quota is 220 wolves across 14 WMUs Two management
units-WMUs 290 and 390 have subquotas.

Where to Hunt Wolves

Montana is divided into 14 WMU and each has its own quota.

FWP wildlife management areas are open to hunting during the fall
wolf season.

Legally accessible State School Trust Land is open to wolf
hunting.

Hunters by law must obtain permission to hunt private land.

Only tribal members may be allowed to hunt wolves on Indian
Reservations. Contact the respective Tribal Government Office with
questions.

State Game Preserves, National Parks, and National Wildlife Refuges
are closed to wolf hunting.

Reporting Requirements & Season Closures

Hunters are required to call 1-877-FWP-WILD (1-877-397-9453) to
report harvests within 12 hours.

To maintain possession of the hide and skull, hunters must by law
personally present the tagged wolf hide and skull to a designated
FWP employee within 10 days of the harvest for inspection. Evidence
of the animal’s sex must remain naturally attached to the
hide.

When a WMU reaches its quota, FWP will close the season upon
24-hour’s notice. Hunters should always check FWP’s closure updates
before each day afield.

Wolf Hunt Information Hotline

Hunters can call 1-800-385-7826 beginning Sept. 3 for the latest
wolf-harvest status and closure information.

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