Best Spots to Hunt in Montana


Throughout the Last Best Place, it is not uncommon during this time of the year for businesses to close their shops and post a sign on the door that you probably don’t see very often throughout the United States.  While that may seem odd to a lot of folks, when you live in and around Big Sky Country, it means one thing:  Hunting Season is Open!

Montana provides hunters with some amazing big game opportunities, including Deer, Elk, Moose, Bison, Black Bear, Wolf, Antelope, Mountain Lion, Sheep, Turkey, Ducks, Goose, and Pheasant.  All of which can provide ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences and some delicious food to store away to enjoy during our snowy months ahead.

To help you find the best spots to hunt in the state of Montana, our real estate firm that specializes in large ranches and land for sale in Montana has done some research for you to get you out to enjoy some of the best recreation opportunities this fall and throughout the winter (where regulations may allow).

If you want some real local insight, reach out to our team at the Last Best Place.  We have been hunting throughout the state since we were old enough to do so and would be happy to share some of the best places to hunt in Montana.


Top Spots to Hunt in Montana

Best Spots to Hunt in Montana

Elk Hunting in Montana

We always suggest those who seek the opportunity to hunt elk in the fall head to Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near Dillon.  Records show that about 50 percent of Montana’s annual elk harvest is located in this southwest corridor of the state.  The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is famous for big game such as elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and antelope.  Elk are the most sought after by hunters, making Southwest Montana the highest hunting use area in the state.

Where to Hunt White Tail Deer in Montana

Just a short, scenic drive from our real estate firm that specializes in hunting properties for sale in Montana is one of our favorite locations to hunt White Tail Deer in Montana.  We have found that the Seeley-Swan Valley region is an ideal location to come home with a trophy buck to talk about for years to come.  The forested area provides some excellent shelter within the Confier Pine Trees for the deer and for hunters as well.  The downside?  This is Griz country – so one must be very aware of one’s surroundings.

Moose Hunting in Montana

Moose can be found throughout the state, and Montana is one of few states that welcome non-residents to secure permits.  We have found that the best options for a successful Moose hunt are located in the Northwest corridor (Region 1) and Southwest corner (Region 3).  Most of these areas provide excellent public access and are well known for being the ideal habitat for Moose. The thick timber stands wrapped with clear-cut areas, and running water are home to Shiras, Boone, Crockett, and other bull species.

Where to Hunt for Waterfowl in Montana

Right here in the Mission Valley, which is home to our real estate firm that offers some of the best fishing and hunting properties for sale in Montana, is a top spot for finding waterfowl to hunt during the fall and winter months.  Four of our top picks for hunting geese and ducks include Ninepipes Wildlife Management Area, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area, and Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge.  Before you head out in the early hours or just before sunset, be sure to review each region’s regulations as they vary throughout the year.

For more information about hunting licenses, hunting regulations, and season dates, visit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.