Montana has once again shuffled many of the units that non-residents are able to apply for in 2022. This year, FWP is proposing 179 mountain goat tags be issued statewide, with up to 16 of them being available to non-residents. In 2021, a total of 3,335 nonresidents applied in the draw for goat in Montana, and of those, 13 were awarded a tag.
Region 3 is king when it comes to mountain goat populations in the state, and it is estimated that 80% of Montana’s goat population inhabits this part of the state. The goat populations here are doing well, for the most part, and kid recruitment continues to be high. With the exception of one hunt in region 5, all of the goat hunts available for non-residents will take place in region 3 this year. The Crazy Mountains nanny-only hunt in unit 313 will be available for non-residents for 2022. If your priority is more about drawing a tag than it is hunting a billy, this hunt will easily offer you the best chance to be hunting goats in Montana this year.
Aside from the hunt in unit 312, each of this year’s available hunts will give a hunter a shot at taking a 9" billy. The Bridger Mountains hunt in unit 393 is produced the best goat in Montana in 2021 and has checked in at least one 10" billy each season since 2015. This hunt, along with 312, 313, and 320, has a much lower chance of any grizzly bear encounters than the other available hunts for 2022.
Remember that 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 giant billy, you can expect to find them in the most remote, hard-to-reach parts of the units. If you don’t mind a shorter haired goat, we recommend you hunt early before the snow piles up. More than one hunter has been completely snowed out of their high-country unit and has ended up with an unfilled tag. If a mountain goat hunt is on your bucket list and you don’t want to go to Alaska or Canada, you should be applying in Montana.
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The Montana Mountain Goat application deadline is May 1, 2022.
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|Base Hunting License||$15|
|Bonus Point (optional/per species)||$20|
|Mountain Goat Application Fee||$50|
|Mountain Goat Permit||$1,250|
|Bow and Arrow License (required for all archery hunts)||$10|
|*Fees do not include the additional 2.5% convenience fee.|