Tribal hunting permits available for elk, bighorns

by Lake County Leader
| June 18, 2020 10:55 AM

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Management Program announce the availability of the 2020 Ferry Basin elk and Little Money bighorn sheep hunting permit applications to interested CSKT Tribal member hunters.

Permit applications will be available at the Tribal Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation permit office at 406 6th Ave. East in Polson, the Natural Resources Department office at 301 Main Street in Polson, and the lobby at the Law and Order building in Pablo.

Applications are also available on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes website at, under the Natural Resources tab, as a pdf document. The pdf application must be printed, completed, signed and mailed or dropped off at the three-permit application pickup sites listed above.

Applications can also be mailed to the following address: CSKT Wildlife Management Program C/O Shannon Clairmont, P.O. Box 278 Pablo, MT 59855.

Hunting elk and bighorn sheep within the Ferry Basin and Little Money Wildlife Management Units is restricted by hunting, fishing and recreation regulations for CSKT tribal members.

The elk hunting season in the Ferry Basin Wildlife Management Unit will open Sept. 1 and end Dec. 31. A quota of 30 bull/either sex Elk Permits will be available for the Ferry Basin Wildlife Management Unit drawing. There is no limit on antlerless/cow elk harvest and no permit is required. However, antlerless/cow elk harvest must be reported within seven days to the permit office at 406-883-2888.

The bighorn sheep season for the Little Money Wildlife Management Unit will open Sept. 1 and end Nov. 30. A quota of six bighorn sheep rams permits and four bighorn sheep ewes permits will be available for the Little Money Wildlife Management Unit drawing.

The deadline for applications is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 with no exceptions. The drawing will be held in August and successful applicants will receive their permits in the mail.

For more information, call 406-883-2888.