FWP Seeks Comment On Nonresident License Rule

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on the proposed 2011 nonresident combination hunting license annual rule.

With the recent voter approved ballot Initiative 161, which eliminated guaranteed big game hunting licenses for nonresidents who hunt with outfitters and increased the cost of some licenses, the new law affects FWP’s annual rule for the sale of nonresident combination hunting licenses.

The proposed rule, approved by the FWP Commission today, includes the new license fees set by the passage of I-161 and includes the required $5 drawing fee and $10 hunting access enhancement fee. Since the prices are set by law with the passage of I-161, the FWP Commission is not seeking public comment on the following license fees:

  • $912 for the Class B-10 Nonresident Big Game Combination License
  • $542 for the Class B-11 Nonresident Deer Combination License
  • $458.50 for the Nonresident Youth Big Game Combination licenses

The commission, however, has the authority to set the fee for the Nonresident Elk Combination License and is seeking comment on the following:

  • $812 B-10 for the Nonresident Elk Combination License

The price includes the required $5 drawing fee and $10 hunting access enhancement fee. Montana’s nonresident combo licenses include a conservation, fishing, and upland bird license. The proposed annual rule for 2011 sale of nonresident combination licenses is available for review on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov . Comments are due by Dec. 3. Send email to hworsech@mt.gov , or via post mail to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Licensing Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

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  1. William Fields says

    I was born and raised in Billings. Sorry, I did not see the posting until today, January 16. I have been coming back and hunting with my family for the last 20 years. You may not want us to respond to the prices of the deer combination, but I feel that it still needs to be brought up. I understand that the voters of Montana decided this issue last November and Montana FWP will have to follow the voters will. Because of this development, I have now been pressed out of the market and cannot afford to hunt in this great state with the increased fees. The state could very well lose a lot of revenue stream without hunters such as myself returning. My family never even understood the ramifications of this bill until I read it and informed them. I feel that Montana FWP should have informed the residents of Montana that the fee increases mandated by this bill could possibly have a detrimental effect on their economy. Most residents only read the first part of this bill and decided they no longer wanted the guides to have exclusive control. I will sorely miss spending this time with my family members. Hopefully, the voters and residents will revisit this law and change it.
    William Fields