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Montana Bison Hunting


Montana Bison Hunting

Montana has two bison migration hunts. Unit 385 20 is on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park near the town of Gardiner, and unit 395- 20 is located on the western side of Yellowstone National Park near the town of West Yellowstone. Season dates for these hunts will be November 15, 2022-February 15, 2023, and 40 tags will be issued for each hunt. Keep in mind that there will be a lot of Native American tribes from across several of the western states that have traditional hunting rights and will be hunting if bison are coming out of the park.

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The other bison hunt is unit 385-21, and it is only valid in the Absaroka Beartooth portion of unit 385. Season dates will be September 15-November 14. The bison population is very small, and with a hunt quota of only five, it is not available to non-residents. This is a very remote wilderness backcountry hunt that is loaded with grizzlies. Pack animals are a must if you harvest on this hunt.


Montana’s non-resident bison hunts allow hunters the chance to harvest a bison as they migrate out of Yellowstone National Park. For the 2021-2022 season, bison harvested on the two migration hunts was low. In total, state hunters killed one bison in district 385 and one bison to the west of the park in 395. After an extremely low hunter harvest over the last four years on a herd that is way over population objective, the bison will now face a government-sponsored removal of 600-900 animals in an effort to control the population.

Montana Bison Draw

There is no point system for Montana bison, so your odds are the same as all other applicants. These can be extremely frustrating hunts, but if you want to hunt Boone and Crockett eligible bison in Montana, you’ll be rolling the dice on good migratory weather showing up this winter to push the bison out of the park.

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Application Deadline

The Montana Bison application deadline is May 1, 2022.

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Up-Front Fees
Base Hunting License $15
Conservation License $10
Bonus Point (optional/per species) $20
Bison Application Fee $50
Post Draw License Fees (if successful)
Bison Permit $1,250
Bow and Arrow License (required for all archery hunts) $10
*Fees do not include the additional 2.5% convenience fee.