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Big Game Season Dates and Fees
Big Game Season Dates and Fees
Bull elk with forest

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 applications closed 4/7/2020.
  • The secondary draw application deadline is 7/7/2020 8 PM MT.
    • The secondary draw replaces the leftover draw.
Other Major 2020 Changes:
  • valid dates for annual licenses & habitat stamps have changed, 
  • big game season structure changes go into effect in 2020,
  • changes to groups of hunt codes with shared quotas (float groups),
  • new add-on over-the-counter archery or muzzleloader bear licenses,
  • new season choice hunt options for moose,
  • the hunt code letter for season choice has changed,
  • hunting reservations can now be made online or by phone,
  • new novice adult outreach licenses,
  • new first responder lifetime combo and annual senior combo licenses now count as qualifying licenses,
  • ​mandatory CWD testing in select GMUs and more.

Read the Big Game Regulations brochure​ (especially the "What's New: 2020: section).​ ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2020​​​​ 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. 1–23
​Nov. 4–30 
​Dec. 15–31
​Moose​Sept. 12-30
​Pronghorn (bucks only) ​​Aug. 15-31
​Pronghorn (either sex) ​Sept. 1-20
Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​​Sept. 2–30

Muzzleloader ​​(by draw only)

​​​​Deer/elk/moose​Sept. 12–20*
Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​ Oct. 10–18
​Pronghorn ​Sept. 21–29
​Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​Sept. 12–20

​Rifle ​

​Moose ​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk (1st season) ​Oct. 10-14
​Combined deer/elk (2nd season) Oct. 24-Nov. 1
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season) Nov. 7–13
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season) ​Nov. 18–22
​Plains deer(east of I-25, except Unit 140)​​​Oct. 24–Nov. 3
​Late plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​Dec. 1–14
​​Pronghorn (by draw only)
Check hunt code tables in brochure​ for early and late rifle seasons for certain hunts.
​Oct. 3–11*
​Bear Sept. (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Sept. 2–30*
​Bear (1st season) (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Oct. 10–14
​​Bear (2nd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) 
​Oct. 24–Nov. 1
​Bear (3rd  season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​
​Nov. 7–13
​​Bear (4th season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) 
​Nov. 18–22
​Bear Private-Land-Only (over-the-counter)
​Sept. 2–Nov. 22*

*unless otherwise noted in the brochure tables
**To participate in the over-the-counter with caps rifle bear season, a hunter must hold a deer or elk license that overlaps with that rifle bear tag by at least one unit and one day of the season. These licenses can be purchased at sales agents, by phone and online through Oct. 11. Afterwards, they are only available at CPW offices.​

​2020 Application Processing & Habitat Stamp Fees ​

Application Processing Fee​

​$ 7 residents, $9 nonresidents

Habitat Stamp ​​
(Required and non-refundable; valid 4/1 –3/31)
​​​​​​$ 10​.13
Lifetime Habitat Stamp​​​$ 304.11

2020 Draw (Limited) ​License Fees​ 

Important Note: Anyone ages 18-64 MUST purchase a Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a preference point or for a hunting or fishing license. For more information, read about the Habita​t Stamp​.​​ If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information

​​Payment DeadlinesNew

IMPORTANT: License must be paid for by this date.​​ ​
​​Sheep & Goat​May 15
Primary Draw
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose & Bear
June 19, 12 PM MT
​Secondary Draw 
Deer, Elk, Bear, Pronghorn
​July 29, 12 PM 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​$ 40.24
​Resident youth​$ 15.68
​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​$ 401.83
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 102.78
​​​ELK​ ​ ​
​Resident cow, bull or either sex​$ 55.43
​Resident youth​$ 15.68
​​Nonresident​ cow/fishing combo​​*​$ 503.12
​Nonresident​ bull or either sex/fishing combo​​*​​​$ 670.25
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 102.78
​Resident​$ 40.24
​​Resident youth​​$ 15.68
​​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​​$ 401.83
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 102.78
​Resident​​$ 305.61
​​​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 2,240.20
​​$ 39.75
​Resident Youth
​$ 15.50
​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*
​​$ 101.75
​Nonresident youth/fishing combo*
​$ 51.50

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.​​​