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Deer Seasons

BEFORE applying for the big game draw, all adult & youth applicants MUST first purchase a qualifying license before they can apply for the draw.


  • Primary draw applications close 4/6/2021 at 8 p.m. MT.
  • The secondary draw application deadline is 6/30/2021 at 8 p.m. MT.

Other Major 2021 Changes:

  • Fall turkey licenses are qualifying licenses for the secondary draw ONLY
  • Big-game licenses are now available for purchase even after the start of a season
  • Leftover limited licenses and over-the-counter licenses are now on sale the same day: 9 a.m. on 8/3/21
  • There is a new Limited License Reissue process
  • Mandatory CWD testing in select GMUs, and more

Read the Big Game Regulations brochure​ (especially the "What's New: 2021" section).​

2021​​​​ Season Da​tes​

Check the regulation brochure​ for specifics and variations.


​Deer/elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140)

​Sept. 2–30*

​​​​​​​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140) ​ ​​

​Oct. 1–29
​Nov. 10–30
​Dec. 15–31
​Whitetail-only (limited)​Oct. 1 - 29
Nov. 10-30
Dec. 15-31
​Moose​Sept. 11-30
​Pronghorn (limited)​Aug. 15-31 or
Aug. 15-31 & ​Sept. 1-20 (split season)
​Pronghorn bucks only (over-the-counter)​​Aug. 15-31
​Pronghorn either sex (over-the-counter)​Sept. 1-20
Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited)​​Sept. 2–30
Muzzleloader ​​(by draw only)
​​​​Deer/elk/moose​Sept. 11–19*
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​Oct. 9–17
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 9-17
​Pronghorn​Sept. 21–29
​Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited)​Sept. 11–19
​Moose​Oct. 1–14
​Separate limited elk (1st season)​Oct. 16-20
​Combined deer/elk (2nd season)Oct. 30-Nov. 7
Combined deer/elk ​(3rd season)Nov. 13–19
​Combined limited deer/elk (4th season)​Nov. 24–28
​Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​​​Oct. 30–Nov. 9
​Late plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)​Dec. 1–14
​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Oct. 30-Nov.9
Late ​Whitetail-only (limited)
​Dec. 1-14
​​Pronghorn (limited)
Check hunt code tables in brochure​ for early and late rifle seasons for certain hunts.
​Oct. 2–10*
​Bear Sept. (limited)
​Sept. 2–30*
​Bear (1st season) (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Oct. 16–20
​​Bear (2nd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Oct. 30–Nov. 7
​Bear (3rd season) (over-the-counter and/or limited) ​
​Nov. 13-19
​​Bear (4th season) (over-the-counter and/or limited)
​Nov. 24-28
​Bear Private-Land-Only (over-the-counter)
​Sept. 2–Nov. 28*