BEFORE applying for the big game draw, all adult & youth applicants MUST first purchase a qualifying license before they can apply for the draw.
2021 DRAW INFORMATION:
- 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 Dates
Check the regulation brochure for specifics and variations.
Deer/elk (west of I-25 and Unit 140)
Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)
|Whitetail-only (limited)||Oct. 1 - 29|
|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)|
|Plains deer (east of I-25, except Unit 140)||Oct. 9–17|
|Whitetail-only (limited)||Oct. 9-17|
|Bear (over-the-counter and/or limited)||Sept. 11–19|
|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|
Check hunt code tables in brochure for early and late rifle seasons for certain hunts.
|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*|