Pen and Ink of Bugling Bull Elk


Saddle Horse in Alpine Basin


The Montana Nonresident Elk License is sold by computerized random drawing.  The deadline for application submission is April 1st.

Montana has a preference point system for nonresident applicants. Preference points improve your odds of drawing a license.  By booking with an outfitter you are eligible  to purchase two preference points at the time you apply for your license.

There are 17,000 nonresident Elk & Deer combo licenses available.  This license is called the General Big Game Combination License and is priced at $1250.00.  It includes licenses for elk, deer, upland bird and fishing.

If you choose to purchase an elk license without the deer tag, it will come from the same pool of 17,000 licenses.  The stand-alone elk license is called the Elk Combination License and is priced at $1050.00.  It is titled a ‘combination license’ because it includes upland bird and fishing along with the elk.  The title often leads to confusion.

There are 4,600 nonresident deer licenses available from a separate pool of licenses.
The stand-alone deer license is called the Deer Combination License and is priced at $725.00.  It is titled a combination license because it includes deer, upland bird and fishing.

Fish, Wildlife & Parks will begin accepting online elk and deer nonresident license applications on March 1st of 2024.  Application must be made by April 1st to insure you are in the spring drawing.

Online application can be made at FWP’s website:

The drawing will take place in mid-April and licenses will be emailed to you in early May.

Nonresident black bear, wolf and mountain lion licenses are sold on FWP’s website.  There are no quotas on the number of these licenses sold, but there are specific dates associated with the purchase and waiting period before validation.

Black Bear: $350.00        Wolf: $25.00        Mountain Lion: $320.00

Bow Hunter with Elk Rack
Mule Deer Rack
Hunter with Mule Deer Rack