Montana Big Game Hunting License and Equipment

Montana Hunting License

One of the Montana Big Game Hunting licenses is required, with each license entitling you to take birds and fishing in addition to the big game hunting animals. A Combination license entitles you to take an elk plus one buck deer (either mule deer or whitetail deer). The Combination Deer Only license entitles you to take only a buck deer (either mule or whitetail). The Combination Elk Only entitles you to take only an elk and not a deer. Due to the passage of citizens initiative I-161 on November 2nd 2010, the guaranteed outfitter sponsored license is no longer available in Montana. All licenses issued since 2011 were on a random draw. The Big Game Combination license has had a 100% draw in 2011 – 2015. In 2016, I anticipate that the drawing odds for the elk / deer combination license will be 100% again. The deadline for submittiing the application is March 15th. The cost for these licenses is as follows:

Combination (Elk, Deer) $1001
Elk Only  $851
Deer Only  $597


To help you in this process, we suggest the following steps:

  • We will be sending you a Montana Big Game application form in January.
  • Fill out the big game application properly, sign and make out a certified check or money order for the correct amount of the license (payable to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks) and mail to:
    K Lazy Three Outfitters
    664 HWY 10 East
    Big Timber, MT 59011.
  • We will verify the correctness of the paperwork and then send it in to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
  • Your entire application should be mailed back to K Lazy Three any time in February but absolutely no later than March 7th.
  • The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will be sending out the Montana Big Game regulations in February. If you do not get a copy, contact them. Their address and phone are:
    1420 East Sixth Ave
    Helena, MT 50620
    (406) 444-2950
  • If you need assistance, just give us a call at (406) 932-6793.

The mountain goat license is a drawing where the application deadline is May 1. You should draw for area 323 and have the application back to us no later than April 15. The cost of the non-resident mountain goat license is $1250.

Most of the standard big game rifles work well with a preference for the magnums; from the .270, .30-06, 7mm, .300 to the .338. We recommend a partitioned style bullet for better penetration. A scope is necessary; while most shots are under 200 yards, there are times when a 300 yard shot is necessary. We try not to shoot over 300 yards. This is when a magnum helps. Most hunters sight in their rifles 1.5-3 inches high at 100 yards. We cannot stress how important it is to have your rifle accurately sighted in, and do a lot of practicing before you come.

This is a fully guided hunt where all you need to bring is personal gear, clothing, and personal items. We must pack all equipment from the trail head to camp. For this reason, we must limit each hunter to two duffle bags not to exceed 35 lbs each. Following is a check list to help your planning.


  • 2 canvas or nylon duffle bags (not to exceed 35 lbs each)
  • Rifle, scope cover, sling and ammo
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (an empty pillow case using a jacket as a pillow works well)
  • Binoculars
  • Hunting knife and compass
  • Orange vest (400 sq. inches minimum)
  • Lighter or waterproof matches
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Water bottle
  • Camera with spare batteries


Weather can vary from sunny and warm to zero or below. It is better to wear layers than one single heavy item so pack accordingly.

  • Heavy and light weight jacket
  • Wool pants and wool shirts are great!
  • Long underwear
  • Face mask or scarf
  • 2 pair gloves -one pair insulated and waterproof
  • 2 pair boots – one hiking / one waterproof pack type
  • Hooded sweater/sweat shirt
  • Wool and “poly” socks
  • Pants (jeans, wool, camo, microtech)
  • Shirts (Cabela’s microtech shirts are great)
  • Caps – one warm and one light


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towel, washcloth and soap
  • Compact mirror
  • Shaving gear
  • Chap stick
  • Sun glasses
  • Personal medications

When packing, it is better to have something along and not need it, than to not have it and need it. Use common sense and try to stay under 70 lbs. total (excluding your rifle).

For our big game hunting, see our Montana Elk Hunting page, our Montana Mule Deer Hunting and our Montana Mountain Goat Hunting page. For a photo gallery of all our hunts from prior years, see our Photo Gallery page. For license and hunt pricing, please visit our Montana Hunting Rates/Deposit/Schedule page.

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