Can I apply for a cow elk hunt and a bull elk hunt?
Yes, as long as you are a Park County resident. All Montana residents may apply for a cow hunt, but only Park County residents are eligible for a bull hunt.
Can I choose which ranch to hunt; i.e. PVR, MSGR, WCR or RDM?
No. Guides will determine where to take hunters based on current elk movements and hunting regulations.
If I’m drawn for an elk hunt could I bring a friend?
Yes, everyone drawn for a hunt is encouraged to bring a plus-one. This person may also harvest a cow elk if they choose. Otherwise, they can simply tag along for the hunt and help pack out.
Can I choose more than one day to hunt?
Applicants may choose up to three dates: one date during the early shoulder season, one date during the general rifle season and one date during the late shoulder season. We limit the number of dates simply due to the large number of applications received.
How are hunters selected?
Cow hunts are drawn by the day selected. Two to three cow elk hunters are drawn for each day.
Only four bull hunters are drawn for the general season. The first person drawn gets to select which day they’d prefer to hunt and so on down the line. Four alternate bull hunters are also selected.
How will I be contacted?
Hunt Coordinators will contact successful hunt applicants by phone as soon as they are drawn. Bull hunters should expect a call October 1st. The cow drawing is far more extensive, so cow hunters will be contacted between October 3rd – 7th. All unsuccessful applicants will receive an email once the drawing is concluded.
What if I fill my elk tag before my scheduled hunt?
Please contact the Hunt Coordinator immediately, so another hunter can be selected.
If I have a B-tag, could I harvest two cow elk during my hunt?
Yes, hunters can use a general elk license and a B-tag for HD 314 during their hunt. However, opportunities to harvest two cows during a elk hunt will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the hunting guide team.
Is there an opportunity to harvest an elk during the shoulder seasons?
Yes, applicants must select shoulder season dates on the application to be considered. Please note, a 314 B-tag is required for an early shoulder season hunt. Cow elk may be harvested during the late shoulder season with an unused general elk tag or a 314 B-tag.
Do I really need to use lead-free ammunition during my hunt?
Yes! PVR Hunt Program is proud to be lead-free and this rule is strictly enforced. Click here to learn more about our lead-free policy and where to purchase lead-free ammunition.
Is there a rifle caliber restriction?
No, within reason. Many hunters use .270 Win Mag, 30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag and 6.5 Creedmoor. Youth hunters using smaller calibers (.243 or 6mm) will be asked to take shots under 200 yards.
What is the typical shot distance?
Most opportunities happen between 200 and 300 yards. If conditions allow, opportunities under 200 yards and over 300 yards are granted. We encourage hunters to practice shooting from a variety of stances; especially kneeling and standing using a rest or shooting sticks. Tall foliage and topography often eliminate the opportunity to shoot from a prone position.