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    Tips for hunters to make the Program work for you

    The 2019 Block Management Hunting Access Guide is available, directing hunters to millions of acres of private, state and federal lands.

    Many hunters have come to rely on Block Management in Montana, but FWP staff still encounters misconceptions about how it works. With that in mind, the agency offers some suggestions that may help hunters better utilize the program.

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    Report Hunting Violations

    Poachers are not hunters. They're criminals. And they're stealing your hunting opportunites.

    Report violations online or make the call to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

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    Practice firearm safety this big game season

    With the big game season opener on October 26, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to stress the importance of being safe this year. Last hunting season, Montana experienced more hunting-related injuries and deaths than the past several combined. All of these tragedies had the same factors in common: loaded firearms.

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    Replace faded licenses and avoid attaching carcass tags directly to meat

    If you have not checked your license and carcass tags in a while, please do so well in advance of your hunting trip to ensure they haven’t faded.

    Hunters and anglers with faded licenses can have them replaced at no cost at their regional Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. Replacement at a FWP office for faded licenses does not count against the number of replacements an individual is allowed.

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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