March 15 is first Montana deadline for hunters

Pronghorns race through a wheat stubble field in Central Montana. (Rich Landers)
Pronghorns race through a wheat stubble field in Central Montana. (Rich Landers)

HUNTING — Sportmen hoping to hunt big-game in Montana need to start plannning, now.

Deadlines are coming up in March, May and June to apply for permits and special licenses, according to the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

            March 15 — deadline to apply for 2013 buck deer and bull elk hunting permits.  Successful applicants will receive their permits in April.

            May 1 — deadline to apply for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison licenses.

            June 1 — deadline to apply for antlerless Deer B, Elk B, and all antelope licenses. Cow elk hunting opportunities are available as “Elk B” licenses; and doe hunting opportunities are available as “Deer B” licenses.

Applications for the May 1 and June 1 deadlines will be available in mid-March.

Montana’s eight-page application packet contains all the information hunters need to apply for special big-game hunts.

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