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Big Game Season Dates and Fees
Big Game Season Dates and Fees
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​Hunting License Fees are Changing in 2019

With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143, CPW is able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our cons​ervatio​n mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the ten key goals laid out in the bill.

Learn more about the approved 2019 Big Game Hunt​ing License Fee updates, and visit our Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions​ page for additional information.​
​​​​Starting in 2019, BEFORE applying for the big game draw, all adult & youth applicants MUST first purchase a qualifying license before they can apply for the draw.

Note: The 2019 draw application deadline has passed (4/2/2019 at 8PM MT).​
Other Major 2019 Changes:
  • including application fee increase, 
  • application deadline tim​e change (now 8pm MT), 
  • penalties for missing the payment deadline, 
  • preference point fees,​
  • new license opportunities​​​
  • ​mandatory CWD testing in select GMUs and more, 

Read the Big Game Regulations brochure​ (especially the "What's New: 2019: section).​ ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2019​​​​ Season Da​tes​

Check the regulation brochure​ for specifics and variations.


​Deer/elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140)

​Aug. 31–Sept. 29

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

​Oct. 1–25
​Nov. 6–30 
​Dec. 15–31
​Moose​Sept. 7–29
​Pronghorn (bucks only)​​Aug. 15-31
​Pronghorn (either sex)​Sept. 1-20
Bear (over-the-counter with caps)​​Sept. 2–30

Muzzleloader ​​(by draw only)

​​​​Deer/elk/moose​Sept. 14–22
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​ Oct. 12–20
​Pronghorn​Sept. 21–29
​Bear (over-the-counter with caps)​Sept. 14–22

​Rifle ​

​Moose​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk (1st season) ​Oct. 12-16
​Combined deer/elk (2nd season) ​Oct. 19–27
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season) Nov. 2-10
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season) ​Nov. 13–17
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​​​Oct. 26–Nov. 5
​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. 5–11
​Bear (by draw only)​Sept. 2–30
​*Bear Concurrent Rifle - Over-the-Counter with Caps Seasons​
See brochure for more details.
Each license may be used to hunt all of these dates: Oct 12-16, Oct. 19-27, Nov 2-10 and Nov. 13-17

*Note: 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 license agents, by phone and online through Oct. 11. Afterwards, they are only available at CPW offices.​

​2019 Application Processing & Habitat Stamp Fees ​

Application Processing Fee​

​$ 7 residents, $9 nonresidents

Habitat Stamp ​​
(Required and non-refundable; valid 4/1 –3/31)
​​​​​​$ 10​
Lifetime Habitat Stamp​​​$ 300.25

2019 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 17
​Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose & BearJune 21

​​​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​$ 39.75
​Resident youth​$ 15.50
​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​$ 396.75
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 101.50
​​​ELK​ ​ ​
​Resident cow, bull or either sex​$ 54.75
​Resident youth​$ 15.50
​​Nonresident​ cow/fishing combo​​*​$ 496.75
​Nonresident​ bull or either sex/fishing combo​​*​​​$ 661.75
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 101.50
​Resident​$ 39.75
​​Resident youth​​$ 15.50
​​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​​$ 396.75
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 101.50
​Resident​​$ 301.75
​​​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 2,211.75
​Resident​​$ 49.75
​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 101.75

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.​​​