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Montana Nonresident Licensing Information

With the passage of voter Initiative 161 in November 2010, the cost for Montana's 2011 Nonresident Big Game and Deer Combination licenses will increase.  Under the new voter-approved law, the following changes go into effect March 1, 2011:

  • Outfitter Sponsored Variable Priced licenses, also known as the Outfitter Guaranteed licenses, are no longer available and the quota for those licenses are now in the general category.
  • A total of 17,000 Nonresident Big Game Combination licenses, and 4,600 Deer Combination licenses, are now available via a general application process.
  • Fees for Nonresident Big Game (Elk and Deer) Combination license increase from $643 to $912.
  • Fees for Nonresident Deer Combination license increase from $343 to $542.
  • Fees for Nonresident Elk Combination license increase from $593 to $812.
  • The revenue generated by the increased license fees is earmarked to fund wildlife habitat conservation and public hunting access programs.

The fee increases only apply to Nonresident Combination licenses.  Deer B, Elk B, and Antelope licenses are not affected.

With more general licenses available in 2011, drawing odds should be better than in past years.  Combination licenses include Montana's Conservation license, Upland Game Bird license, and a full season Fishing license.

As you make plans, and compare 2011 hunting season costs and opportunities, we hope this information helps you to better understand the fee increase issue.