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Come Home to Hunt

A new law encourages nonresidents who once lived in Montana to "come home to hunt" with parents, siblings and other close family members.

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House Bill 585, passed by the 2009 Montana Legislature, makes it possible for former Montanans who purchased a resident hunting license in the past, or were awarded a Montana hunting education certificate, to be sponsored by a family member to obtain a nonresident combination deer or elk license.

The program is aimed at continuing Montana family traditions by making an effort to bring sons and daughters and family back home during hunting season. The sponsoring adult family member must claim Montana as his or her legal residence and must have a valid Montana hunting license. The sponsor can be a parent, step-parent, grandparent, sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child, spouse, or in-law.

Qualifying nonresidents needed to apply for either a $308.50 deer or $510.50 big game combination license by March 15, 2016. To actually hunt in Montana, the nonresident awarded a Come Home to Hunt license must hunt with a properly licensed adult family member. Proceeds from the sale of Come Home to Hunt licenses will be used by FWP to acquire public hunting access to inaccessible public land.

Learn more about the Nonresident Come Home To Hunt Combination License.