Cow Elk Quota Decreased for Several Bitterroot Hunting Districts

Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, Bitterroot Hunting Districts 204, 261 & 270 are open to antlerless elk hunting with a general elk license until set harvest quotas are reached.   Hunters should be aware that this year’s harvest quotas have decreased from the past few years and are different from the quotas listed in the hunting regulations.

For HDs 204, 261 & 270 north of Rye Creek, antlerless harvest will close upon 24-hour notice when cow elk harvest from HD 270 reported at the Darby hunter check station reaches 25.

After 25 more cow elk from HD 270 are checked through the Darby station, HD 270 south of Rye Creek will close to antlerless harvest with a general elk license.

These quotas are not reflected in the hunting regulations because they were printed before the changes in quotas were made.

Hunters should check the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 2 Web page: for the latest HD 270 cow harvest before heading to these Bitterroot districts, or call the FWP office during business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm) at 406-542-5500.   Harvest totals will also be posted at the Darby check station.

Hunters who hold a special antlerless elk permit (awarded through special drawing) for one of these districts, youth hunters ages 12-15, and disabled hunters with a Permit to Hunt from a Vehicle (PTHV) can hunt for antlerless elk during the entire big game rifle season (Oct. 25-Nov. 29), even after quotas have been met.   Check the hunting regulations for specifics.

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