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It's the season to keep your boats clean in Montana

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Remember it is still mandatory to stop at all inspection stations when transporting your boat, whether it is motorized or not. Remember it is still mandatory to stop at all inspection stations when transporting your boat, whether it is motorized or not.

Montana's war on aquatic invasive species will rely on all watercraft owners to do their part.

Watercraft owners will have to take some simple steps to combat aquatic invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels by clean, drain, and drying their boats.

When you get your boat out of the water, walk around and make sure there is no plants, dirt or debris. if there is remove it and throw it in the trash. make sure you inspect your boat and trailer thoroughly.

The next step is to make sure you have no standing water in your personal watercraft, kayak, canoe or drift boat.

On a motor boat remove the drain plug to drain the bilge area and use a rag or towel to dry the area completely. make sure to inspect the engine area to ensure all water is drained out.

Next make sure all compartments, live wells, bait wells are completely dry. and all items in those compartments are dry this includes your anchor.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks stresses that following these simple steps it is still mandatory to stop at all inspection stations when transporting your boat, whether it is motorized or not.

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