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Donation of Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans & Armed Forces Members

A new Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member who is working with an organization that uses hunting as part of the rehabilitation process.

While one cannot choose the organization to receive a donated license, the disabled veteran or armed forces member who receives the license will be a Purple Heart recipient and have a 70 percent or greater disability rating.

Photo of a purple heart medal on a flag.

Donating your hunting license

  1. Purchase the hunting license(s) you wish to donate.
  2. Download the application to donate a license (PDF icon and link 39 KB).
  3. Complete the application and either drop it off at an FWP office or mail it to the address on the application along with the license(s).
  4. Check with your financial advisor to determine if the donation is tax deductible.

Each license must be donated or surrendered before the beginning of the general hunting season. Once you donate your hunting license, you are no longer eligible for any refund for the cost of the license. In addition, you cannot purchase the same license again during the license year.

Nonprofit organizations participation

Nonprofit organizations that work to rehabilitate disabled veterans and active duty members may participate in Montana's donated hunting license program. The organizations must use hunting as part of the rehabilitation process.

  1. Download the organization application (PDF icon and link 39 KB) (an application may be submitted for more than one hunter).
  2. Complete the organization application and either drop it off at an FWP office or mail it to the address on the application. A donated license application can be attached to the organization application or sent separately to:
    • Donated License Program
    • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
    • P.O. Box 200701
    • Helena, MT 59620-0701

Disabled veterans & disabled Armed Forces participation

Disabled veterans and disabled active duty members may participate in the program by following these steps:

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  1. Download a list of participating nonprofit organizations that provide the rehabilitation service in Montana.
  2. Contact the sponsoring organization (PDF icon and link 65 KB) to ensure they are able to provide the hunt you desire.
  3. Download the disabled veteran/active duty member application (PDF icon and link 48 KB).
  4. Complete the application and either drop it off at an FWP office or mail it to the address on the application. Be sure to list the sponsoring organization that you want and that copies of the supporting documentation are attached.