Montana's general hunting season for deer and elk begins on October 24. Archery season is in full swing, and wraps up on October 18.

Prior to October 24, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks gives Montana's young hunters a special treat by giving them the opportunity to shoot a deer before the regular season begins. Hunters must be between the ages of 10-15 years old. The youth hunt for this year has been approved for Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2020. These dates coincide with Montana’s annual 2-day teachers’ convention, which are no-school days for most public school students.

During these two days, youth hunters with a general deer, deer permit or deer B license may take those deer species and sex otherwise available on their general deer, deer permit or deer B license the first day of the general firearm season in the specific hunting district the youth is hunting.

The 2-day youth hunt is open to:

  • Legally licensed 10-15 year-olds who have completed hunter education and who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 18 years of age
  • And properly certified and legally licensed apprentice hunters 10-15 years of age who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult "mentor" at least 21 years of age.

The youth hunt is for deer only. Elk Hunting is prohibited.  In order to carry or use a firearm in public, a youth under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a person having charge or custody of the child; or be under the supervision of a qualified firearms safety instructor or an adult 18 years of age or older who has been authorized by the youth’s parent or guardian, as per Montana law.

For more information about hunting licenses, regulations, and hunting seasons, click here.