General Big Game Season Ends, Elk Shoulder Season Starts Soon

GLASGOW, Mont. (NMB) – For the third year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 6 has a shoulder season that allows antlerless elk hunting with a specific B-license. A press release says that this year, the shoulder season has been extended by 15 days and will run from December 15th through January 15th.

Elk licenses valid during the archery and general season are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1st license drawing and received their elk B-license that is valid only during the R6 shoulder season.

A shoulder season is a firearms season that occurs outside the general season and is focused on antlerless elk harvest. Shoulder seasons are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons, but aim to provide additional elk harvest to bring the elk populations closer to objectives.

Questions about the 696 license can be directed to the FWP Region 6 field office in Havre at 265-6177.