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Most of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest provides a variety of excellent hunting opportunities for big game, upland birds, and waterfowl.  Although each mountain range is a popular destination for hunters, one area of the Forest, in particular, is managed with a wildlife emphasis.  The Elkhorn Mountains, located between Helena and Townsend has been designated as a Wildlife Management Unit.  In that area management programs enhance and maintain wildlife values, especially for elk.

It should also be noted that one area on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is closed to all hunting.  Within the Gates of the Mountains Game Preserve, located adjacent to the Missouri River and Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, all hunting is prohibited.  Hunters need to be aware of travel restrictions for motorized vehicles.  Travel information is available at the Helena-Lewis and Clark Forest website and by calling the Ranger Districts.

Hunting regulations are developed, implemented and enforced by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  For more information about hunting in Montana please reference the following website:

Beginning January 1, 2015 the Region has issues new Camping Restrictions. Download and view the Regional Closure Order - Camping Restrictions

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  • Access Maps for Hunters With Disabilities, Link opens in a Pdf Document
    Rocky Mountain Ranger District 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.