New Proposal for Nonresident Hunting Licenses

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission has tentatively adopted a rule to increase opportunities for resident and nonresident family members to hunt together in Montana.

The new rule implements House Bill 585, passed by the 2009 Legislature, to help promote the state’s hunting heritage.

The rule makes an additional 500 nonresident deer and elk and 500 nonresident deer combination licenses available to former Montana residents. Nonresident applicants must be sponsored by a family member with a valid Montana hunting license who will accompany them on the hunt. The license fee would be the same as similar nonresident combination licenses.

FWP licensing bureau chief Hank Worsech says if the agency receives more applications than it has available licenses, a drawing will be held. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is taking public comment on the proposed rule through Dec. 4.