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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.


  • Primary draw applications close 4/6/2021 at 8 p.m. MT.
  • The secondary draw application deadline is 6/30/2021 at 8 p.m. MT.
Other Major 2021 Changes:
  • Fall turkey licenses are qualifying licenses for the secondary draw ONLY
  • Big-game licenses are now available for purchase even after the start of a season
  • Leftover limited licenses and over-the-counter licenses are now on sale the same day: 9 a.m. on 8/3/21
  • There is a new Limited License Reissue process
  • Mandatory CWD testing in select GMUs, and more

Read the Big Game Regulations brochure​ (especially the "What's New: 2021" section).​ ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2021​​​​ 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. 1–29
​Nov. 10–30 
​Dec. 15–31
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 1 - 29
Nov. 10-30
Dec. 15-31
​Moose​Sept. 11-30
​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. 11–19*
Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​Oct. 9–17
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 9-17
​Pronghorn ​Sept. 21–29
​Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​Sept. 11–19

​Rifle ​

​Moose ​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk (1st season) ​Oct. 16-20
​Combined deer/elk (2nd season) Oct. 30-Nov. 7
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season) Nov. 13–19
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season) ​Nov. 24–28
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​​​Oct. 30–Nov. 9
​Late plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​Dec. 1–14
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 30-Nov.9
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. 2–10*
​Bear Sept. (limited)
​Sept. 2–30*
​Bear (1st season) (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Oct. 16–20
​​Bear (2nd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) 
​Oct. 30–Nov. 7
​Bear (3rd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​
​Nov. 13-19
​​Bear (4th season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) 
​Nov. 24-28
​Bear Private-Land-Only (over-the-counter)
​Sept. 2–Nov. 28*

*unless otherwise noted in the brochure tables

​2021 Application Processing & Habitat Stamp Fees ​

Application Processing Fee​

​$ 7 residents, $9 nonresidents

Habitat Stamp ​​
(Required and non-refundable; valid 3/1 –3/31 - 13 months)
​​​​​​$ 10​.40
Lifetime Habitat Stamp​​​$ 312.30

2021 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 Deadlines

IMPORTANT: License must be paid for by this date.​​ ​
​​Sheep & Goat​May 4, 12pm MT
Primary Draw
Deer, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose & Bear
June 11, 12pm MT
​Secondary Draw 
Deer, Elk, Bear, Pronghorn
​July 16, 12pm 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​$ 41.28
​Resident youth​$ 16.05
​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​$ 412.61
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 105.51
​​​ELK​ ​ ​
​Resident cow, bull or either sex​$ 56.88
​Resident youth​$ 16.05
​​Nonresident​ cow/fishing combo​​*​$ 516.63
​Nonresident​ bull or either sex/fishing combo​​*​​​$ 688.26
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 105.51
​Resident​$ 41.28
​​Resident youth​​$ 16.05
​​Nonresident​ adult/fishing combo​​*​​$ 412.61
​Nonresident​ youth/fishing combo​​*​$ 105.51
​Resident​​$ 313.80
​​​Nonresident​/fishing combo​​*​​$ 2,300.51
​​$ 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.​​​