Montana’s general archery season starts the first Saturday in September and runs for six weeks. Then the deer and elk get a week off and the boom-sticks come out for five weeks, ending the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Backcountry (wilderness) rifle season opens the 15th of September, along with black bear, moose sheep and goat. These all end the Sunday after Thanksgiving as well. There are some earlier seasons (archery antelope), and some late season stuff (special deer and elk). Just depends how far a person wants to drive to hunt.