Montana Hunting Seasons, Including Ditch Peacock Season

A cold morning elk hunt in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness north of Helena, Montana.

Ditch peacock season? Don’t worry, it’s a joke our dog Old Pointer thinks is hilarious. See below.

Montana’s Deer and Elk Hunting Season

Montana has the longest general hunting season for deer and elk in the lower 48 states. That’s five weeks and six full weekends of rifle hunting to put venison in the freezer, and maybe even score a big set of antlers. Throw in the archery season, and stare down nearly three months of hunting deer and elk.

2019 archery deer and elk season: September 7 to October 20. Every year the dates are set like this: “First Saturday in September to Sunday before general deer/elk opener.”

2019 general deer and elk season: October 26 to December 1. Every year the dates are set like this: “37 days ending Sunday after Thanksgiving, Saturday start.”

Montana’s Antelope Hunting Season

Speed goats: If you draw a 900-series, archery-only license, get ready to hunt starting August 15. It’s going to be hot. Wrap it up by November 10 in 2019.

If you draw a general license in 2019, archery runs September 7 to October 11, and the rifle season runs October 12 to November 10.

Montana’s Upland Bird Hunting Season

Old Pointer says: A ditch peacock is a non-native pheasant! Ha ha! Paw the link to read more and take me pheasant hunting!

Old Pointer is Montana Whiskey Co.'s old hunting dog. Give him a scratch at our Montana distillery.

Take Old Pointer hunting from September 1 to January 1. The sage grouse season ends September 30.

Montana’s Turkey Hunting Season

Did you know a motivated turkey hunter in Montana could take up to 12 wild turkeys per year? You’d be driving across the state, but that should be the “Montana Turkey Slam.”

2019 spring season: April 13 to May 19. Tom turkeys only, of course. Get your camo ready, grab your calls, and look for that beard.

Fall season:  September 1 to January 1.

Check out all 28 Montana hunting seasons at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s website.