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Montana FWP makes hunting, fishing license changes

Posted at 2:42 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 16:43:20-05

HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has made some changes to their hunting and fishing licenses.

One of the big changes is that both licenses and carcass-tags will now be printed on normal sized paper. And you can print them from home. The switch to standard paper will save money and make things easier for the customers.

Another change that will improve customer service includes hunters applying for licenses or permits now will be able to do so online or at an FWP office. Mail-in applications will no longer be accepted.

This change also will reinforce the ability in Montana to have your license electronically on your mobile device and not printed out in your pocket, according to FWP.

While carcass tags still need to be printed out, other licenses, such as a fishing license, do not. If checked in the field, this electronic version of your license is perfectly legal.

FWP recommends that people carry small plastic bags with them while hunting, and place validated carcass tags in the bags before attaching them to an animal. The licenses and tags should be placed inside a plastic bag, as they will no longer be on water resistant paper.

The change means that drawing results will now be available two weeks after the application deadline, rather than six weeks, allowing hunters to begin making plans for the upcoming season that much earlier.

Customers who still look for written guidance to help them through the application process will be able to find information sheets online or at an FWP office in the coming weeks.