Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Montana Nonresident Elk And Deer Hunting Licenses Available

Nonresidents can purchase Montana deer and elk hunting licenses
online, by phone, or over-the-counter in Helena. The licenses, good
for antlered deer and elk in most hunting districts, can be used
for the general hunting season, which runs Oct. 22 through Nov.

“We have a total of about 1,000 nonresident big game, elk, and
deer combination hunting licenses available for this hunting
season,” said Hank Worsech, the licensing section chief for Montana
Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

Beginning today, nonresidents can purchase a combination hunting
license online; or they can call FWP directly at 406-444-2950 in
Helena to buy a license or to obtain more information.

First-come, first-served nonresident hunting license now
available include: Montana’s big game combination license for $907,
the elk combination license for $757, and the deer combination
license for $537. Montana’s nonresident combination hunting
licenses allow one to hunt for deer and/or elk and include season
conservation, fishing, and upland game bird licenses; and the
hunting-access enhancement fee.

Worsech said the left over licenses might be due to a number of
factors, including the passage of a voter initiative last year that
increased the prices for Montana’s 2011 nonresident big game and
deer combination licenses. Additionally, a new law passed this year
by Montana legislators allows unsuccessful applicants for a
nonresident special elk permit to retain the deer portion of their
big game combination hunting license but return the elk license to
FWP. The law resulted in more than 800 elk licenses being returned,
and which now remain on sale.

“The national economic recession, the fact that our deer
populations in the central and eastern part of the state took a
real hit last winter, and the perception that wolves have impacted
elk here also might have a role in the dip in nonresident licenses
sales this year,” Worsech said. “Still, hunting in Montana is an
experience unlike any other in the lower 48 states. And this year,
for the first time in years, a nonresident can buy an elk license
online, over the phone or over-the-counter from FWP’s headquarters
in Helena. Nobody has to apply or wait weeks for drawing

For more information on these Montana’s nonresident hunting
licenses, visit FWP’s website at Click “Nonresident
Deer & Elk Licenses Now Available” banner.

Deer and elk are found throughout most of Montana. Hunters enjoy
nearly 35 million acres of National Forest and other public land,
as well as 8 million acres of land made available through the Block
Management Program. Hunters follow all regulations and must seek
permission to hunt on private property.

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