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2020-21 Montana Bison Hunt

The following information pertains the 2020-21 Montana Bison hunt and contains all the information needed to successfully sign up for the bison hunt drawing to be held Monday December 21st, 2020. This year's hunt season will begin on Friday January 4th, 2021 and end on Saturday March 27th, 2021. Eligible Yakama Tribal members can sign up for either the West Yellowstone or Gardiner hunt areas. Hunts in West Yellowstone will be 2 weeks long with two teams hunting in each 2 week period. Hunts in Gardiner will be 1 week long and have only 1 team per week. Yakama Members who receive a bison permit must be accompanied by at least one other enrolled individual (aged 16 or older) with a maximum of 4 other team members on the permit. All hunt team members will have to participate in a bison hunt orientation to be eligible (see below for more details on orientations). Each hunter on the permit is authorized to harvest 2 bison each. All hunters who receive a permit will be given a complete set of regulations and rules.

This year we are incorporating 2 major changes to our sign up and drawing system. First, you will need to fill out a bison hunt request form which are available at our office or click the link below to print one from homepage. These forms should be filled out completely and returned to the YN Wildlife office no later than Friday December 18th, 2020. Please read through these forms completely. Forms that are missing information cannot be processed. Hunters are only eligible for one hunting permit and therefore multiple request forms should not contain information for the same individual. All hunters are encouraged to coordinate responsibly with their teams however all hunters can call in to make sure their information is correct and on the desired request form.

2020 Covid-19 Safety Guidelines
2020-2021 Bison Hunting Regulations
2020-2021 Bison Hunt Request Form
2020-2021 Hunt Orientation

As in previous years ALL HUNTERS MUST ATTEND a bison hunt orientation to be eligible to receive or be listed on a bison permit as a team member. However, for the 2020-21 season we are offering an online version of our orientation for all members who have received a bison hunt permit in the past 3 years. For these individuals a sign up sheet will be available at our YN Wildlife office to signify your participation in reading the online orientation. These signatures will be required by Friday December 18th, 2020.