Hunting on the Lewis and Clark National Forest

The Lewis and Clark National Forest includes hunting opportunities for big game, small game, upland game bird, and predator hunting, as well as trapping. 

These various hunting seasons extend across much of the year, and are often impacted by the travel regulations governing motorized travel on the Forest.  Please be sure before you travel on any National Forest that you know the most current travel regulations governing motorized vehicles, from your passanger car or truck to your motorcycle and OHVs or snowmobile.  You are responsible for knowing and following travel regulations.  There is not always signing or gates on the ground indicating closures, so be sure you have the most current travel maps and know how to read them.

As always, when hunting and camping in your National Forest, be aware of the current fire danger, any restrictions to campfires or stoves, and inform yourself of the most current fire situation by visiting InciWeb and talking to the local Ranger Districts where you plan on going.

Before you go, remember to contact the Ranger District where you are going and find out about any special orders, camping closures, emergency restrictions, and other pertinent information.

Please be aware that many areas may not have public access, even if maps or GPS units suggest they might.  Please check with local Ranger Districts before you go to an area to be sure you are not trespassing.  Contact information for the Lewis and Clark National Forest can be found here.

Information on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District opportunities for hunters with disabilities can be found here. These maps show access routes for hunters with disabilities that are licensed as required by the State of Montana. Access requirements and specifics are defined in the first page of this brochure.

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