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With the passage of a new State Initiative, I161, the Outfitter Sponsored Guaranteed License is no longer available.

All non-resident licenses are now available through a draw system. You can go online to MFWP, www.fwp.mt.gov, to learn more about the new changes. Do not be discouraged, your chances of drawing a combination elk/deer license are quite good. Buying preference points will improve your chances of drawing. The preference point system is explained on theMFWP website. You are also allowed to apply as a “party” for the draw if there are two or more of you wanting to hunt together. We are happy to provide clarification or answer any questions you may have about licensing, preference points, and party application.

Applications for the General Draw and Special Permitted areas for elk and deer can be made online through Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, www.fwp.mt.gov, (406-444-2950). The application deadline is March 15th for both the General Draw for elk and deer and the Special Permit Draw for elk and deer. The drawing takes place mid-April. You cannot apply for a special permit without first applying for a general draw license. You may apply for a special permit for elk and deer at the same time you apply for a general draw license. MFWP's website explains in detail about applying for elk and deer licenses. Do not hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions. Most of our elk/deer hunting can be done with a general license, but we do have some excellent permitted areas for elk and deer. These deadlines apply for both residents and non-residents.

Applications for bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, and antelope permits can be made online through Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, www.fwp.mt.gov, (406-444-2950). The application deadline for these permits is May 1st with the exception of antelope which is June 1st. The drawing for bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat takes place the 3rd week in June. The drawing for antelope is in mid- July and bison mid-September. These deadlines apply for both residents and non-residents.

2017 OFFICIAL APPLICATION DEADLINES
NON RESIDENT LICENSE AND PERMIT PRICES
Dates & Prices for 2017 are released by
Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks in February.
Check MFWP website www.fwp.mt.gov in mid February for date and price confirmation.

ANIMAL   PRICE (Non Resident) DEADLINE
     
BIG GAME ELK/DEER COMBO 
General Draw 
$  1010.00  MARCH 15
ELK COMBINATION
General Draw
$ 858.00  MARCH 15
DEER COMBINATION 
General Draw  
$ 602.00  MARCH 15
ANTELOPE
*Special Draw
$  205.00 JUNE 1
MOOSE
†Special Draw
$  1250.00 MAY 1
BLACK BEAR (fall season)
*Guaranteed permit
$  350.00 SPRING: APRIL 14
FALL: AUGUST 31
WOLF
Limited permit
$  50.00 TBD
MOUNTAIN GOAT
†Special Draw
$  1250.00 MAY 1
BIGHORN SHEEP
†Guaranteed permit
$  1250.00 MAY 1
Youth Big Game License** $  510.00 OTC @ MFWP only
SPRING TURKEY $  115 MARCH 2
FALL TURKEY $  115 JULY 27
DUCK & GEESE $  50 TBD

**Youths 12-17 years of age. Adult immediate-family member must possess a deer/elk license and accompany youth.
                          
*The license/permit is not guaranteed but the license/permit price is refundable if not drawn. However, there is a $10 non-refundable drawing fee and a $15 base hunting license fee included in the above prices for non-resident licenses and permits.

†Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Bison applicants are no longer
required to submit the entire license fee with their applications. Residents will now
pay a $10 nonrefundable application fee for each species and then pay the full
license fee of $125 for each successful species. Nonresidents will pay a $50
nonrefundable fee per species and pay the full license fee of $1,250 if successful.


STEPS TO RECEIVE YOUR LICENSE

For All Hunters
With the passage of State Initiative, I161, the Outfitter Sponsored Guaranteed License is no longer available. All non-resident licenses are now available through a draw system. You can go online to MFWP, www.fwp.mt.gov, to learn more about the new changes. Do not be discouraged, your chances of drawing a combination elk/deer license are quite good.

Non Resident & Resident General Draw Licenses for Elk and Deer
For elk/deer, call for an application or apply online with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, 406-444-2950, www.fwp.mt.gov. You can use a General Elk/Deer License to hunt in most of our permitted areas. However, a few of our areas require a Special Draw Permit so please check with us first before you apply. You cannot apply for a Special Elk or Special Deer Permit without first applying for the General Draw. You can apply for both the general draw licenses and the special permit licenses at the same time. Be sure to buy a preference point when applying for your license. You can find more information on preference points and bonus points on MFWP website www.fwp.mt.gov. MARCH 15TH IS THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING FOR THE GENERAL ELK/DEER DRAW AND FOR SPECIAL PERMITS FOR ELK AND DEER. The general drawing takes place mid-April. The special permit drawing takes place the 3rd week of July.

If you are sure of the hunt you want to pursue you can secure your spot with a $1000 deposit which will be fully refunded if you do not draw. We take a limited number of hunters per hunt so this is the best way to secure your spot and avoid the chaos at the time of the draw. Most hunters put in for the Big Game Combo license which allows you to hunt both elk and deer. However, check with us first to make sure this is the right license for the area you plan to hunt. If you have questions about the online application process we will be glad to assist you.

Non-Resident & Resident Special Draw Permits for Other Species
For mountain goat, and moose apply online with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, 406-444-2950, www.fwp.mt.gov or call for an application.  The deadline for applying for these species is May 1st. Our special permit areas for mountain goat are 323 and 329.  Special permit areas for moose is 516.  If you draw a special permit (permit drawings for these species are the last week of June), please contact us with the dates you want to hunt.  Once the dates are confirmed, you book your hunt by sending us a 50% deposit.

For antelope, apply for the special permit draw online with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, www.fwp.mt.gov or call for an application, 406-444-2950. The deadline for applying for antelope is June 1. The drawing takes place mid-July.

For black bear or wolf, call for an application or apply online with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, 406-444-2950, www.fwp.mt.gov to purchase a guaranteed permit. The deadline for purchasing a fall black bear license is August 31. The deadline for purchasing a spring black bear license is April 14.* (This date is not confirmed by MFWP until mid February.) Check the MFWP website for the most current information on rules and regulations, season dates and application deadlines on wolves.  

For Bighorn sheep, call for an application or apply online with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, 406-444-2950, www.fwp.mt.govYou must apply for a specific area. Be sure to check with Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters (406-579-3866) before applying to verify our Bighorn Sheep area.

 

2017 General Hunting Information Packet (PDF)

2017 Wilderness Hunting Information Packet (PDF)

2017 Private Land Hunting Information Packet (PDF)

Hunting Licenses/Permits are not included in the price of the hunts.

Season and Dates

Hunting Deposit Policy

A partial deposit of $1000 is required to book your hunt.  The $1000 partial deposit will be refunded if you do not draw a license.  The drawing takes place in mid-April. The remainder of the deposit (50% of the cost of the hunt) is due when the draw is posted.  The balance of the hunt is due 30 days prior to your hunt and is non-refundable.  Hunts not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled.  Trip Cancellation Insurance, which we recommend, is available at: Travel Guard

We accept Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and Checks

Make Checks Payable to:  Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.

Drop Camp Pricing

The cost of a drop camp is $2250.00 for one person. The cost for additional hunters or ride-a-longs is $500 per person. The location for the drop camp will be discussed between client and outfitter. Outfitter will have final say in drop camp determination. Location is determined by Outfitter's approved Forest Service area and best opportunity for game without infringing on other hunters.


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