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    Stop at watercraft inspections stations

    Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species. Boat owners should ensure their watercraft and trailers are clean, drained and dry before transporting and need to be aware of Montana’s inspection rules.

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    White-tailed deer in Gallatin County suspected positive for CWD

    Initial test results have identified a white-tailed buck deer in Gallatin County as being suspect for carrying chronic wasting disease.

    The deer was euthanized earlier this month in the Springhill area of north Bozeman after displaying several classic symptoms of the disease. This case is the first detection of CWD in Gallatin County.

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    Public Access Land Agreements Program

    Do you have a farming or grazing lease/permit or allotment that contains inaccessible public lands? Currently millions of public land acres are inaccessible to the public for hunting, fishing & recreation.

    FWP's Public Access Land Agreement Program is a way for landowners to provide public access to inaccesible public lands in exchange for annual payment and other improvements. It is a collaborative solution that respects landowner’s rights while still connecting Montanans to the outdoors.

    Applications due May 29.

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    Elk Management Plan Initial Guidance Citizens Group

    FWP is seeking 10-12 individuals to serve as a statewide citizens group to collaboratively provide guidance for the new Elk Management Plan in Montana. The group will be tasked with developing an issue statement about elk management and define meaningful and enduring principles that may guide future elk management decisions.

    Applications due May 25.

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    Boat Validation Decals

    Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2020-2023 validation decals for their watercraft soon.

    The current green decals will expire February 29.

Surplus nonresident elk combination licenses:

Surplus nonresident elk combination licenses have sold out. For those experiencing problems with purchasing Surplus Elk Combo licenses, please be aware that FWP is working with the payment vendor to correct the issue as quickly as possible. We will post additional information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

On Monday, May 6, 394 surplus nonresident elk combination licenses will be available to purchase (includes elk, upland game bird, fishing and conservation licenses). These are from returned licenses.

We anticipate the licenses selling out rapidly starting at 5:00 a.m. MDT. Select "Buy a License" from our homepage at that time to get the process started.

Online Licensing Outage Notification:

FWP’s online license applications will be unavailable from Friday, May 31, beginning at 9 p.m., until Saturday, June 1, at 6 a.m., due to a related service interruption with the Montana Department of Justice.

If you are attempting to purchase a license or apply for a Deer B, Elk B, Antelope or Antelope B license, you will need to do so outside of this service window.

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