Blackfeet Nation Off Reservation Bison Hunt

12/10/2019  * The following updated bison hunt orientation materials and off-reservation bison hunting regulations have been reviewed and approved by the Blackfeet Fish and Wildlife Commission (11/22/19) and the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council (12/5/2019).


Welcome to the Blackfeet Nation Off-Reservation Bison Hunt
We encourage you to read the materials on every page
of this website.

Remember, this is an exercise of off-reservation aboriginal hunting rights that reflects upon the Blackfeet Nation and other tribes. All Blackfeet tribal bison hunters must read and be familiar with the Blackfeet off-reservation bison hunting orientation materials and agree to abide by Blackfeet fish and wildlife regulations governing the bison hunt.  Although, we will strive to have Blackfeet Game Wardens present to enforce tribal laws, any time you are on Forest Service lands you are subject to numerous special regulations related to the Yellowstone Bison hunt.  For example, tribal hunters have been cited for shooting across public roads, riding a snowmobile upon roads closed to snowmobiles, driving off established Forest Service roads, etc.  It pays to stop by the local Forest Service office to obtain accurate maps and to find out what special regulations are in place where you may be hunting to avoid problems.  Please hunt in an ethical way and abide by all Tribal, state and federal regulations governing hunting, camping, and any other activities you are engaged in while hunting in the Yellowstone area.


Update: February 19, 2020 - Gardiner 80 head of bison by Stevens Creek (by holding pens), another 80 head quarter of mile south of Beatty Gulch.  West Yellow Stone - No movement. 

1 elk harvested yester the 18th.

  Law Enforcement may move shooting first light to 6:30 AM, so, be aware of this when going down. Currently it's 7:00 AM.

Blackfeet hunters who plan on using snowmobiles in the West Yellowstone area must purchase a Trail Pass for groomed trail access.  The cost is $20 and the pass is good for 2 years.  Trail Passes are available at the Chamber of Commerce (406) 646-7701, Corner Cenex (406) 646-7632, or Yellowstone Artic Yamaha (406) 646-9636.  Hunting without a Trail Pass will result in a citation.   Additional legal information regarding the Trail Pass can be obtained by calling Zack Zipfel at (406) 44-2551.

 Call the Bison hotline (406) 994-5700 for more up-to-date information.  

All Blackfeet tribal bison hunters must read and be thoroughly familiar with the Yellowstone Bison Hunting orientation materials and maps provided below:
Additional Information Hunting Essentials  

Off Reservation Bison Hunt Regulations

Brucellosis Safety

Equipment, Tools, and Support

Food Safety

Choosing your animal


Hunter Safety

Shot Placement

Use of a spotter

After you shoot


If you wound a Bison


Useful and Helpful links.  Recommended that all persons read throughly.