FWP News: FWP Hosts Roundup Urban Archery Deer Hunt

Annual hunt designed to reduce conflict with mule deer in and around town

OVERVIEW – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has scheduled a special archery hunt for properties in and around the town of Roundup to reduce the number of mule deer in the town.

Ninety special hunting permits will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis from 5 a.m. on October 5. The cost is $10 each for residents and $75 each for non-residents, with a limit of two per hunter. These permits are valid for mule deer of both sexes and only for the Roundup management season. The season will run from November 5 to February 15. Special Roundup licenses do not count against a hunter’s limit of seven deer B licenses.

Licenses are valid on specific properties in and around Roundup. Hunters must have a current Montana Conservation License, Basic Hunting License, and Bow and Arrow License.

Additionally, hunters must obtain permission from the Roundup City Offices, 34 3rd Ave. W., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The city can assign hunters to suitable sites.

Due to close proximity to homes and businesses, hunters are restricted to archery equipment only.

The hunt will take place on property owned by the Town of Roundup and Musselshell County. Maps detailing the hunting area and rules are available at Roundup city offices.

Hunters are required to properly package and dispose of deer viscera and report their harvest to the Roundup City offices at (406) 323-2804.

For the past eight years, FWP has offered similar hunting in and around Roundup. Last year, the 120 special licenses were sold to 73 people. Forty-seven hunters purchased two licenses each and 26 individuals purchased one license each. Residents purchased 110 licenses. Of these, 91 licenses were purchased by people from Billings, Roundup, Musselshell, Laurel, Shepherd, Worden or Huntley. The remaining resident permits were purchased by hunters living as far away as Kalispell. The hunters harvested 10 mule deer, including seven males and three does.

Roundup City and Musselshell County officials reported that since the start of the special hunts, they have noticed fewer complaints of vehicle-deer collisions and aggressive deer in town.

Below is a map of the areas open for hunting during the Special Roundup Deer Season. Please note that huntable properties have changed as of 2021.

Earnest A. Martinez