Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Montana

With more than 33 million acres of public land, Montana offers incredible access to western big-game hunting and fine fishing. … Continued

With more than 33 million acres of public land, Montana offers incredible access to western big-game hunting and fine fishing.

Gallatin National Forest
• 1.8 million acres
• Excellent hunting for elk, deer, bear and birds.
• 1,740 miles of fishable streams, excellent trout fishing

Flathead National Forest
• 2. million acres
• Excellent big game hunting
• Outstanding trout fishing in rivers, streams and high country lakes

School Trust Lands
• 5.5 million acres available
• Lands are open to public hunting, must access from a road or river
• Requires state recreational use license

Kootenai National Forest
• 2.2 million acres
• Excellent deer, elk, moose, bear and mountain lion hunting
• Excellent trout fishing on the Kootenai river

Lewis and Clark National Forest
• 1.8 million acres, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has helped add nearly 6,000 acres of prime habitat through conservation funding
• Excellent trout fishing, particularly in the Smith River
• Abundant big-game hunting options including elk and deer

More Links
WMA Map
National Forests
Where to Fish Montana

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: New World Mine Site, Gallatin National Forest

Photo credit: flickr