Many opportunities exist in Central Montana for hunting elk. Elk can be found in prairie regions, foothills of mountain ranges, as well as in the mountains themselves. The range for elk in Central Montana extends from the Missouri River Breaks on the north (both public and private lands) to the many mountain ranges in the central and south central portions of Montana.
Archery opens in early September and continues until mid-October. There is a week hiatus of closed season before the rifle season opens in later October. Crossbows are not allowed during archery season, but one can hunt elk during rifle season with archery equipment, including crossbows. The hunter must, however, wear hunter orange as specified in the regulations.