Archery Seasons Threatened by Elk Shoulder Seasons


Elk shoulder seasons are proposed for 44 hunting districts for the 2016-17 hunting seasons. Shoulder seasons in some districts will open as early as August 15 and extend as late as February 15. Rifle hunters will be allowed to hunt on private land during archery season, and in some districts, they’ll also be allowed to hunt on public lands.

We need your input to the Commission prior to January 22nd opposing shoulder seasons during archery season. Commissioner contact information is listed below. Please also send us a copy of your comments so we are aware of specific concerns you have in local hunting districts. This will help us provide comprehensive comments to the Commission about the concerns of our membership.

Click on this link Elk Master List for the hunting districts impacted by proposed shoulder seasons. Refer to hunting districts in your area to see how this will affect you!

Click on this link to review the proposed changes for statewide regulations as well as individual changes in hunting district boundaries, permit and license types, and quotas.

2016-17 Hunting Season Changes

Click on this link for the start and end dates for seasons statewide for the next two years:

2016-17 Hunting Season Dates


Click here to see a full listing, by region, of local meeting dates. Meetings are taking place statewide! The meeting schedule is also attached as a PDF.

Public Meeting Schedule for January 2016

Tentatives season setting meetings.pdf


Remember, all comments must be submitted by January 22nd, at 5 PM


FWP Commissioner Contacts

District 1

Gary Wolfe, Commissioner

P.O. Box 7323

Missoula, MT 59807

Phone: (406) 240-7323

District 2

Dan Vermillion, Chairman

PO Box 668

Livingston, MT 59047

Phone: (406) 222-0624

District 3

Richard Stuker, Vice-Chairman

1155 Boldt Road

Chinook, MT 59523

Phone: (406) 357-3495

District 4

Richard Kerstein, Commissioner

Box 685

Scobey, MT 59263

Phone: (406) 783-8564

District 5

Matthew Tourtlotte, Commissioner

940 Blonco Circle

Billings, MT 59105

Phone: (406) 698-9696

Thank you,

Joelle Selk

MBA President