Nestled in the stunning Gallatin Valley, this unit is bordered by the Gallatin River to the west. It offers fantastic hunting opportunities, with breathtaking views. Hunters with this general tag elk license have an excellent chance to get into elk during both the residential archery season and the migratory rifle season.
Being a general elk unit located just North of Bozeman makes this unit extremely convenient for folks flying in to Bozeman or even driving along I-90. However with that convenience, comes increased pressure at the limited access points of the Bridger Range. Private land or accessing public land through rivate land can be a big help here. Expect diverse terrain with some steep slopes and timber once you're out of the valley.
This general elk unit covers the west slope of the Crazy Mountains and many hunters find success in the area every year. Access to the national forests can be difficult in certain areas, but a large portion of the elk in this unit spend time on the adjacent ranches. The balance of public and private provides good opportunities on mature bulls!
This large district is a general tag found in Southwest Montana. Several notable mountain ranges are found within the unit including the Gravelly range to the east and the Blacktail and Ruby Mountain ranges to the west. Elk populations in this area are among the strongest in the state.
Located south of Helena, general elk Unit 335 encompasses the Boulder Mountains and the surrounding foothills west of I-15. This district has numerous roads and trails running through elk habitat, which means a lot of pressure. Hunting for elk in this area will be generally better on private land.
Montana elk unit 380 is known as a management unit for trophy elk, and hunters frequently harvest impressive bulls from this unit each year. If you are fortunate enough to draw a tag for this unit, your chances of encountering a mature bull are higher compared to surrounding units.
Elk hunting can be done in Unit 390 with a general tag. Located in west central Montana just northwest of Bozeman, this district is made up of 90% private lands and can be a challenging place to hunt without prearranged access. The remaining 10% of public opportunities are subject to extreme pressure.
Elk hunting can be done in Unit 393 with a general tag. This district, located in southwest Montana on the east slope of the Bridger Mountains, is renowned for its high population of game animals, both deer and elk. In addition to providing excellent hunting opportunities, it is also renowned for its stunning natural scenery.
Located in the stunning Missouri River Breaks region, this hunt district is highly coveted for its excellent elk hunting opportunities. It is known for its impressive elk population, with some of the finest bulls in eastern Montana found in this area. The district's rugged terrain, featuring steep, wooded breaks and open ridges, as well as the presence of two rivers with cottonwood bottoms, provides ample opportunities for spot-and-stalk hunting. Drawing a tag in this unit is extremely competitive, making it a highly sought-after destination for elk hunters.
Located in the Snowy and Little Snowy Mountains of central Montana, south of Lewistown, this hunt district is renowned for its stunning natural scenery as well as its exceptional hunting opportunities. It is considered one of the premier districts in the state for elk, although obtaining a permit can be challenging.
Hunt District 412, located in central Montana, encompasses the Judith Mountain Range and the North and South Moccasin Ranges. Elk hunting in Unit 412 requires a draw permit and can be challenging due to the mix of private and public land in the district.
Unit 535 is located in central Montana, north of Roundup and south of Winnett. It is bounded by the Musselshell River on the south and east, and is mostly private land. The Big Snowy Mountains are located just to the north, while the Little Snowy Mountains are in the northwest corner of the unit. This unit is a draw unit for elk. The elk population is primarily concentrated in the Little Snowy Mountains.
Unit 590 is located east of Billings and south of Roundup, and includes the Bull Mountains to the north of the Yellowstone River and Pine Ridge to the south of the river. This unit offers a chance to hunt for branch antlered bulls, but hunters can also use a general tag to hunt for antlerless or spike deer.
This hunting district is located in the northcentral part of the state and includes the Bears Paw Mountain Range, which is located north of the Missouri River and south of the town of Havre. The Rocky Boy Indian Reservation is situated within the district, which presents challenges for both hunters and game managers. The Bears Paws are known for producing some of the top trophy bull elk in the state, with giant bulls being taken and trophy-class bulls being found every year. This is a very competitive draw unit for elk.
Located in the southeast corner of Montana, Hunt District 705 is bordered by the Powder River to the west. This region is a beautiful place to hunt, with rolling prairies, forested timber buttes, and steep river breaks. This is a draw unit for bull elk.