The elk shoulder season opens on Dec. 15 in northeastern Montana’s Region 6, but hunters must have drawn an elk B tag to participate.
The season runs to Feb. 15, 2023.
General elk or B-licenses valid during the archery and general seasons are not valid for the shoulder season in Region 6. Hunters must have previously applied for this opportunity during the June 1 license drawing. The valid tags include:
• 699-00 Elk B-license – valid in HDs 620, 621 and 622 on all public and private lands, not including CMR National Wildlife Refuge.
• 690-01 Elk B-license – valid in HD 690 on all public and private lands during the general and shoulder season.
The shoulder season is focused on antlerless elk harvest. They are not intended to replace harvest during the archery or general seasons, instead aiming to provide additional antlerless elk harvest to bring populations closer to objectives.
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Even though a shoulder season occurs outside the general season, all hunting regulations apply.
FWP suggests hunters contact private landowners as early as possible and to be respectful during the holiday season. Shoulder season licenses are also valid on legally accessible public lands