Every year Montana issues 17,000 nonresident Elk & Deer combo licenses. This license is called the General Big Game Combo License and is priced at $1041.00 with the add on fees. It includes Elk, Deer, Upland Bird and Fishing. The drawing is computerized and is random.
If you choose to just elk hunt and purchase an Elk license without the Deer tag it will come from the same 17,000 licenses. The stand-alone Elk license is called the Elk Combination License and is priced at $888.00. They are called ‘combination licenses because the license includes Upland Bird and Fishing along with the General Elk License.
There are 4,600 nonresident Deer tags available from a separate pool of licenses. The stand-alone Deer license is called the Deer Combo License and is priced at $625.00. It includes Deer, Upland Bird and Fishing.
The Montana State Legislature established a preference point system to distribute "Class B-10" nonresident big game and elk combination licenses and "Class B-11" nonresident deer combination licenses. In a preference point system, licenses are awarded to those applicants who hold the greatest number of preference points. Preference points are different then bonus points. Bonus points are associated with the special permit areas.