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Hunting in Montana: 3 Animals To Hunt Year-Round

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:41 AM

With its wide variety of game, Montana is one of the greatest states for hunting. While many of the best hunting is limited to the fall, there are a few animals which can be hunted across several seasons. Here are three of the animals to hunt year-round in Montana as recorded by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. For specific dates for hunting seasons year to year, please check the FWP website.
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  1. Mountain Lion - Alluring for experienced hunters given their challenge, mountain lions are a popular animal to hunt in Montana. They have several distinct seasons throughout the year: an archery-only season, without dogs, from early September to mid-October, a fall season, without dogs, from the end of October to the end of November, and a winter season from early December to mid-April. Across these three seasons, hunters are not to take more than 20 mountain lions total. Of these 20, only 12 are to be male and eight female. When hunting female mountain lions in Montana, it is important to remember that no females with kittens can be taken, and that if a hunter accidentally kills a lactating female, he must report the kill to a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks official as quickly as possible. In order to hunt mountain lions in Montana, one must have at least a Conservation License and a General Mountain Lion License, with additional licenses possible depending on weapons used and whether or not the hunter wants to use a dog in the winter season.
  2. Turkey - Turkey are popular game everywhere. In Montana, they have two distinct seasons in spring and fall, from mid-April to mid-May and then early September to early January. Each hunter is allowed two birds throughout the entire year, meaning that if a hunter takes two turkeys in the spring season, he may not hunt any in the following fall season. Since Montana law considers turkeys suitable for food and it is illegal to waste any part of a game animal deemed a suitable food source, turkey hunters must be sure to take and use at least the breasts, thighs, and wings of the animals. To hunt turkeys in Montana, one must possess a Conservation License and a Spring Turkey License. Additionally, Montana residents must have an Upland Game Bird License, and there are other licenses for young (ages 12-17) hunters.
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  4.  Black Bear - Black bears can be hunted from early April to the end of May or middle of June, depending on the year, in spring and early September to the end of November in the fall. Hunters are not to take more than one black bear per hunting season, and cubs and females with cubs are off limits. In order to hunt black bears in Montana, a hunter must pass an online black bear identification test and possess a Conservation License and a Black Bear License.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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