Deer and elk permit applications also available

MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS

HELENA – Montana’s new 2014 hunting and fishing year begins March 1. Licenses are now on sale, along with applications for resident and nonresident buck deer and either sex elk-hunting permits.

The application deadline is March 15. Permit applications are available online at fwp.mt.gov; click “March 15 –Deer & Elk Permits.” Paper application pamphlets will be available from FWP and most license providers by mid-February.

Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman in Helena, urged hunters to start planning early, but hold off on submitting deer and elk permit applications until sometime after Feb. 13.

There are several elk hunting districts with ‘pending’ quotas that won’t be finalized by the Fish and Wildlife Commission until Feb. 13, he explained. Nonresidents seeking to apply for big game combination, elk combination or deer combination licenses and deer and elk permits for the 2014 fall Montana hunting season can also apply online or download an application from FWP’s website.

May 1 is the deadline to apply for moose, sheep, goat and bison licenses and June 2 for antlerless deer B and elk B licenses and antelope and antelope B licenses.

Montana’s upcoming hunting and fishing license year runs from March 1 to Feb. 28, 2015.