Conservation Public Lands & Waters

Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Montana

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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

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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