Year in and year out some great bulls are taken in general hunt districts in Montana. Nevertheless, the past few seasons Montana has fallen out of favor with many out-of-state hunters. Increased tag costs and decreased elk numbers are the likely culprits for the decline. It might be a stretch to say that Montana elk hunting is under the radar, but lagging interest definitely has created an opportunity for hunters looking for an awesome hunt. At the time of this writing there was still a surplus of 1,611 elk combo licenses available. If you are a nonresident with an immediate family member that resides in Montana you can apply for a surplus “Come Home to Hunt” license that will only cost you half as much. There were 355 of these still available at press time.