Mountain Goat Hunting in Montana
Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters offers mountain goat hunts in two different areas with some of the highest probability of drawing success in the state. These are high elevation hunts offered out of two backcountry wall tent camps. These hunts are conducted on horseback in remote areas of the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness. We maintain an extraordinarily high success rate due to our high mountain goat population as well as the experience and knowledge of our guides. Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters is well known for providing quality mountain goat hunting experiences for over 15 years. Come marvel at nature’s beauty atop peaks of 10,000 feet and travel where few humans have walked. You’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.
Our mountain goat hunts are a 7-day hunt (day in, 5 days hunting, day out). We hunt 1 guide to 1 hunter. Please contact us at 406-579-3866 before you apply for a permit. We hunt in units 323 and 329. Once you draw a mountain goat permit, we will be glad to schedule your hunt. We encourage you to plan ahead and put in for bonus points to optimize your chances of drawing a tag.
Season: September 1 till the end of the General Rifle Season in late November
Hunt Dates: View information packet
Location: High elevations of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
Accommodations: tent camp, meals provided
Trip Length: 7 days: 1 day in, 5 days hunting, 1 day out
Price: $5,000 for September, $5,500 for October, $6,500 for November
License needed: Mountain Goat License, permitted areas 323-20 or 329-20.
License application deadline: May 1st
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Licensing Information for Mountain Goat Hunting
Mountain goat permits are by special drawing. Call 406-444-2950, or go online to MFWP to sign up for this special permit draw. Please see the hunt package above for our permitted areas. Our mountain goat areas have the highest probability in the state for drawing a goat permit. The application deadline for a mountain goat permit is May 1st. Drawings are mid-May. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee required with the application. The license cost must be paid if successful in the drawing. If you draw, you will be contacted by Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks confirming that you drew a license and providing you with instructions for payment.
General licensing information
Important Information for Resident and Non-Resident Hunters before applying for hunting licenses
If you were born after January 1, 1985, you are required to show proof of completing a Montana hunter safety and education course or an approved hunter safety course from any other state or province prior to applying for or purchasing a hunting license whether the hunting license is for rifle or archery.
All first time bow and arrow license purchasers must enter their bowhunter education certificate number (NBEF) or a previous years archery license number from any state or province.
If you intend to purchase a black bear license for the first time, you need to have passed the FWP Bear Identification test. It can be found online at FWP’s website. Click on Education, then Hunter Education. Choose Bear Identification Program.
All licenses requiring a kill tag such as deer, elk, wolf, mountain lion, mountain goat, antelope, etc. will be mailed to you from MFWP. Make sure the address you used when you applied for or purchased your license is the address to which you want your license mailed. If your purchase included a combination license, then the conservation & fishing portion of that will also be mailed to you. Always print a copy of your application and receipt. This is your proof of application. Once the draws are posted you will want to be checking your mail to be sure you receive your license. If you do not receive your license within 3 weeks of the posted draw, call MFWP and let them know. Licenses purchased online not requiring a kill tag must be printed from your home printer. These licenses which are now in your physical possession are valid for immediate use.
If you need to purchase licenses for yourself and immediate family members, you must do so in separate transactions and provide the appropriate identification required for each individual.
Non-residents who do not have an ALS number established and are purchasing a conservation license for the first time must be prepared to provide the last 4 digits of their social security number per Montana Code Annotated to comply with the Federal Welfare Reform Law. A conservation license is required when purchasing a hunting or fishing license.
Hunting Deposit & Payment Policy
A partial deposit of $1000 is required to book your hunt. If you do not draw a license, the $1000 partial deposit will be rolled over to the following year, if space is available, or refunded. 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 and is non-refundable. 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. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance. Montana Outfitters & Guides Association suggests Global Rescue Travel Insurance.
All hunts will include an additional fee of $50 for the Hunter/Angler Defense Fund. This fund was set up by Montana Outfitters & Guides Association for the purpose of defending non-resident hunting and fishing rights in the State of Montana. (Information on HADF can be found in the General Hunting Information Packet.)
We accept Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and Checks. Make Checks Payable to: Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.