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    CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY.

    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.

    • All watercraft coming into Montana from out of state must be inspected prior to launching.
    • All watercraft traveling west across the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin must be inspected prior to launching.
    • All watercraft launching anywhere within the Flathead Basin that were last launched on waters outside of the Flathead Basin must be inspected.
    • Anyone transporting watercraft must stop at all open watercraft inspection stations they encounter.
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    LEAVE THEM THERE

    Keep your distance from young or injured wildlife

    Each spring, FWP receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns and other wildlife.

    FWP advises against this practice for several reasons. The agency does not accept, hold or rehabilitate deer and elk because the animals rarely survive the stress of captivity, and because of concerns with the spread of disease. So FWP’s likely response would be to tell people to leave the animals alone or return them to where they were found.

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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