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Big Game Season Dates and Fees
Big Game Season Dates and Fees
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BEFORE applying for the big game draw, all adult & youth applicants MUST first purchase a qualifying license before they can apply for the draw.


  • The primary draw application deadline is 4/5/2021 at 8 p.m. MT.
  • The secondary draw application deadline is 7/5/2021 at 8 p.m. MT.
Major 2022 Changes:
  • A new brief license surrender period is available after the primary draw. Once the draw is complete, CPW will send emails to customers who are successful in the draw and provide them with a short period when they can decide to surrender their license if they no longer want it, receiving preference point restoration to the pre-draw level and removal of the license from the customer's account. The license surrender deadline is April 22 at 11:59 p.m. MT for sheep and goat, and June 6 at 11:59 p.m. for the rest of big game.
  • ALL license exchanges will now be charged a fee of $5 (formerly half the cost of the license, not to exceed $25).
  • There is no longer a maximum let-off percentage for hand-held bows for big-game hunting.
  • Mandatory CWD testing for deer from select hunt codes, and more.

Read the Big Game Regulations brochure​ (especially the "What's New: 2022" section).​ ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2022​​​​ Season Da​tes​

Check the regulation brochure​ for specifics and variations.


​Deer/elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140)

​Sept. 2–30*

​​​​​​​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​ ​​

​Oct. 1–28
​Nov. 9–30 
​Dec. 15–31
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 1-28
Nov. 9-30
Dec. 15-31
​Moose​Sept. 10-30
​Pronghorn (limited) 
​Aug. 15-31 or
Aug. 15-31 & ​Sept. 1-20
(split season)
​Pronghorn bucks only (over-the-counter) ​​Aug. 15-31
​Pronghorn either sex (over-the-counter) ​Sept. 1-20
Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​​Sept. 2–30

Muzzleloader ​​(by draw only)

​​​​Deer/elk/moose​Sept. 10–18*
Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​Oct. 8–16
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 8-16
​Pronghorn ​Sept. 21–29
​Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​Sept. 10–18

​Rifle ​

​Moose ​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk (1st season) ​Oct. 15-19
​Combined deer/elk (2nd season) Oct. 29-Nov. 6
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season) Nov. 12–18
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season) ​Nov. 23–27
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​​​Oct. 29–Nov. 8
​Late plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​Dec. 1–14
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 29-Nov.8
Late ​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Dec. 1-14
​​Pronghorn (limited)
Check hunt code tables in brochure​ for early and late rifle seasons for certain hunts.
​Oct. 1–9*
​Bear Sept. (limited)
​Sept. 2–30*
​Bear (1st season) (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Oct. 15–19
​​Bear (2nd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) 
​Oct. 29–Nov. 6
​Bear (3rd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​
​Nov. 12-18
​​Bear (4th season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) 
​Nov. 23-27
​Bear Private-Land-Only (over-the-counter)
​Sept. 2–Nov. 27*

*unless otherwise noted in the brochure tables

2022 Application Processing & Habitat Stamp Fees ​​

Limited License Draw Application Processing Fee​

​$ 7.13 residents
$ 9.17 nonresidents

Habitat Stamp ​​
(Required and non-refundable; valid 3/1 –3/31 - 13 months)
​​​​​​$ 10​.59
Lifetime Habitat Stamp​​​$ 318.08

Habitat Stamp

All annual hunting or fishing licenses purchased for individuals ages 18-64 will have a Habitat Stamp applied at the time of purchase, if required. 

For more information, read about the Habita​t Stamp​.​​ If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information

2020 Draw (Limited) License Fees​

​​Payment Deadlines

IMPORTANT: License must be paid for by this date.​​ ​
​​Sheep & Goat​May 3, midnight MT
Primary Draw
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose & Bear
June 17, midnight MT
​Secondary Draw 
Deer, Elk, Bear, Pronghorn
​July 21, midnight MT

​​​License Type​

​​​FeeThis is the fee you will be charged if you are successful in drawing your license, or get an unsuccessful option.

​​DEER​ ​ ​​​​
​Resident​$ 42.01
​Resident youth​$ 16.32
​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​$ 420.23
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 107.43
​​​ELK​ ​ ​
​Resident cow, bull or either sex​$ 57.90
​Resident youth​$ 16.32
​​Nonresident​ cow/fishing combo​​*​$ 526.17
​Nonresident​ bull or either sex/fishing combo​​*​​​$ 700.98
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 107.43
​Resident​$ 42.01
​​Resident youth​​$ 16.32
​​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​​$ 420.23
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 107.43
​Resident​​$ 319.58
​​​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 2,343.10
​​$ 40.45
​Resident Youth
​$ 15.76
​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*
​​$ 103.60
​Nonresident youth/fishing combo*
​$ 52.43

All prices include a 25-cent search-and-rescue fee, a $1.50 for the Wildlife Council ​surcharge​.

*All nonresident big-game licenses are a big-game and annual fishing combination license:
Fishing licenses are good through March 31.​​​