Montana’s statewide mountain goat population seems to be holding steady, and for the third consecutive year, quotas across the state saw a slight increase in 2022. This year, FWP is proposing 181 mountain goat tags be issued statewide, with up to 16 of them being available to non-residents. In 2022, a total of 3,532 non-residents applied in the draw for goat in Montana, and of those, 13 were awarded a tag. This year, all but 26 of the state’s goat tags are going to be issued in region 3 alone. Units 314 and 323 will offer more than one non-resident tag.
Montana is a great state for someone who is looking to do a self-guided mountain goat hunt. Almost every one of Montana’s mountain goat units will offer a great opportunity at an above average goat with 9" or better potential. Most goat country is going to be reached through a backpack or horseback type hunt. Keep in mind that most of the available goat units are in prime grizzly country and you will have a much lower chance of any conflicts if hunting in units 313 or 350. For the most part, Montana’s mountain goats live in big, steep, rocky country, so be mentally and physically prepared before you apply for your hunt. If you want to harvest a true giant billy, you can expect to find them in the most remote, hard-to-reach sections of the units. If you don’t mind a shorter-haired goat, we recommend you hunt early before the snow piles up. Over the years, many hunters have been completely snowed out of their high-country units as they waited for good hair and instead ended up with tag soup.
Montana has shuffled up most of the units that non-residents are able to apply for, so be sure you look over our goat table as we have included all non-resident goat hunts available in 2023. If you are a Montana resident and would like to talk about the other units available to you, give us a call. There are some great billies roaming the mountains of the Treasure State. Over the past three years, aside from Alaska, no state has recorded more 50"+ goats. Good luck in the draw!
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|Bonus Point (optional/per species)
|Mountain Goat Application Fee
|Mountain Goat Permit
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