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Montana Bonus Points System

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FWP uses a unique approach to provide all applicants at least one opportunity at drawing a license/permit, while still giving those individuals who have been unsuccessful in the past a chance to increase their odds of drawing a license/permit in the future.

Applicants applying for a license/permit who participate in the Bonus Point system, and are unsuccessful in the drawing, will earn one point. Individuals who missed the deadline to apply or did not apply for bonus points at time of application, may purchase one between July 1st and September 30th of the license year.  The bonus points can be used in future years to place the applicants name in the drawing additional times. The number of additional chances is calculated by squaring the base bonus points. Unlike a preference system, a Bonus Points system does not guarantee a license/permit to the applicants with the most bonus points and first-time applicants still have a chance to draw a license/permit.   Any bonus points accumulated will not be lost unless the individual draws the species they applied their bonus points to.

  • Bonus points essentially offer you additional drawing chances and are used for first hunting district choice only.
  • Existing bonus points will be mathematically “squared” prior to the drawing. That means if you already have 3 “base” bonus points those will be “squared” and you’ll then have 9 bonus points going into the drawing.
  • If you’re unsuccessful, you’ll be awarded an additional base bonus point for next year’s drawing.  Bonus Points do not expire.
  • If you wish to participate in the Bonus Point program for licenses/ permits, at the time of your application, you must check “YES” on the Bonus Point questions and include the $20 (nonresident) or $2 (resident) Bonus Point fee per permit type.
  • If you did not apply for a bonus point you can purchase a bonus point from July 1st through September 30th.  The fee to purchase a bonus point without applying is $15 per species for residents and the nonresident fees are $25 per species with the exception of  Moose, Sheep, and Goat which are $75 per species.  Note: You cannot apply and purchase bonus points in the same year.

Check Drawing Statistics to see how Bonus Points affect your chances.