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ALERT: Montana changes 2020 deer/elk application deadline!

Montana deer elk application deadline change

New for 2020, Montana's application deadline has changed. Normally the application deadline for special draw deer/elk and nonresident combination licenses was March 15, but for the 2020 season, you now have an extra two weeks (17 days) to submit your application! The new application deadline is April 1.

This new application deadline impacts both residents and nonresidents.

In Summary 

  • 2020 special draw permit (deer and elk) application deadline = April 1
  • 2020 nonresident combination license (Big Game Combo, Elk Combo, Deer Combo) application deadline = April 1

Montana has also listed an approximate draw result date of April 20. So even with the application deadline pushed back, they will still have their draw results released when they typically announce them each year.

Screenshot of Montana deer and elk application deadlines

A condensed screenshot of new for 2020 Montana deer and elk application deadlines from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The 2nd column is "Application Deadlines" and the 3rd column is "Approximate Drawing Dates."

To kick start your 2020 research, be sure to check out all of your Montana options on Filtering 2.0 and our Draw Odds page. Also, be on the lookout for our 2020 Montana deer and elk application strategy article. Best of luck in the draws!

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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-17-2020 05:59:06 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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Hey Jeremy. There are no required hunting licenses to just buy points in Montana. So you can just go in during the points only period, and purchase points.

If you want a refresher, you can check out this article I wrote last year: https://www.gohunt.com/read/INSIDER/how-to-purchase-montana-bonus-points-and-preference-points

Everything should still be the same at this time.

Jeremy B. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-17-2020 03:01:07 pm
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Question in regards to being a NR just wanting to purchase the points since I'm going to be elsewhere in September 2020. In Montana do you have to purchase a license then buy the points or can you just purchase the points?

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 02-26-2020 03:14:59 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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Hey Bruce. Montana finally updated their information. So I wanted to wait to get a clarification, but yes, this new April 1 application deadline also applies to the Come Home to Hunt program.

Bruce C. - posted 1 month ago on 02-08-2020 06:25:49 pm

Does this also apply to the Come Home to Hunt program?

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Andrew K. - posted 1 month ago on 02-08-2020 08:35:33 am
Lake Norden SD
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Finally a State that does something positive to the application and draw results! Wyoming should take note, and not hold our money so long. seems like whenever something changes its for the worse! not this time, Thanks MFWP!

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GIOVANNI G. - posted 1 month ago on 02-07-2020 04:12:04 pm
Detroit, MI
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#1 Reason for not applying to Wyoming. They hold onto funds too long, I'm not invested heavily into the state, so it was a no brainer to save my money for other states.

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 month ago on 02-07-2020 08:00:36 am
Las Vegas, NV
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You're very welcome, Shawn!

I really like the part about this new change where they are going to have less than a three week turn around for draw results. Maybe Wyoming should take note haha ;)

Shawn S. - posted 1 month ago on 02-07-2020 07:55:00 am
Yorba Linda, California
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Thanks Brady. Good info.