- Thread Starter
- Jan 30, 2022
Man that was one of the most helpful responses I've ever gotten on a forum. Thank you for taking your time to help me understand. As a newish western hunter, I got burned on tags in wyoming my first year and luckily was able to scrounge up a couple antelope and make the most of the hunt.The Montana system is no where near as complicated as people want to make it out to be in my opinion. The only thing you need to understand is that we have different regs for every unit. Here are your options:
General Elk Tag: Look in the regs and in almost every unit you will see a line for the General Elk License (if you don't see this line for a unit it is because there is NO general season for that unit, everything is permit only). In some units the General is good for any elk in either Archery or Rifle season, and in some units its only good for cows, or spikes, or sometimes only good in archery. So there are restrictions per unit, but the General tag is good for almost every unit in the state.
Elk B tags: Again, almost every unit has one or more B tags that are good for archery, or rifle, or both (Region 1 units don't have any B tags, but almost every other region does). Read the regs for the units you are interested in to see how many B tags are available and what seasons they are good for and if there are any restrictions on them (i.e. some can only be used on State lands in a given unit.
004 and 005 B tags are available as leftover tags pretty much every single year. Those tags are good for the entirety of Region 4 and 5 respectively. If you just want to get out and look around for elk I would recommend one of those.
From my understanding, i can apply for a general tag (won't likely get it with 1 point) and a B tag which I might get even if I don't get the general tag... correct?
Are you from Montana?