If you’re looking for a place to have a fun hunt chasing average bucks that also offers decent draw odds, make sure to apply for Montana by June 1st. If a record book buck is what you’re after, you probably shouldn’t be applying in Montana unless you will be hunting a private ranch that has been managed for trophy bucks. However, what the state lacks in top end buck potential, it makes up for in hunter opportunity.
The 007-20 multi-unit tag has always been a popular choice for non-resident hunters as it holds a good amount of Block Management area as well as a fair amount of public land. This tag is valid in the southeast corner of the state in units 700, 701, 702, 703, 704, and 705. Over the past few years, antelope numbers have been down in 700, 701, and 703, and as a result, quotas were cut from 8,500 to 6,000 tags in 2021. There is talk of a further quota cut for 2022, but that won’t be determined until fawn recruitment flights have taken place this spring. Montana’s 2021 antelope population was estimated to be around 132,359 animals, down 36,462 from 2020’s estimates.
One of the best things about the 900-20 archery hunt is that archery hunters who draw the tag can hunt every unit in the state, with the exception of units 215-20, 291-20, and 313-20. The 900-20 archery season runs August 15-November 13, and all of the rifle season hunts run October 8-November 13. Hunters who draw a rifle antelope tag can also hunt during the regular archery antelope season within their unit beginning on September 3rd if they buy the $10 bow and arrow license.
Each year, you may build three different types of points for antelope in Montana – an antelope 900-20 license for either-sex (archery only), an antelope license for either-sex (any weapon), and an antelope B license for female only (any weapon). While you may build points for each of the three every year, you may only apply for one of the either-sex licenses in the draw. During the July 1-September 30 points only period, you may purchase a point for whichever either-sex license you didn’t apply for.
The good news is that for the third consecutive year, Montana’s 2021-2022 winter has again been very mild, and there has been no measurable winterkill reported in any region across the state. This will be a great year to have a tag in your pocket with plenty of antelope to hunt across the Big Sky Country.
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The Montana Antelope application deadline is June 1, 2022.
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|Base Hunting License||$15|
|Bonus Point (optional/per species)||$20|
|Antelope (includes the $5 application fee)||$205|
|Bow and Arrow License (required for all archery hunts)||$10|
|*Fees do not include the additional 2.5% convenience fee.|