With over 120,000 anxious hunters waiting by their mailboxes to find out if they were successful in drawing special antelope, elk or deer licenses or permits through this year's annual drawings, Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials have announced that technological advances are now allowing FWP to be even more responsive to customer needs and to provide information in as many easily accessible forms as possible.
FWP Director Patrick Graham said the results of the drawings, which are now being completed following the setting of final elk, antelope and deer quotas by the FWP Commission last Friday, will be available on FWP's Internet site beginning August 17 at approximately 8 AM MST.
Internet users can access FWP's homepage, which will lead users to the drawing results, at www.fwp.state.mt.us. Once at FWP's homepage, click on the green "Hunting" icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Once on the "Hunting" page, scroll down several inches until you the headline "highlights" and click on the line below stating: "Check Elk, Antelope & Deer Drawing Results Here." From there, users will receive instructions on how to access their own results in the drawings, which will include entering their 1998 Conservation License number.
Graham said this new opportunity to find out drawing results through a faster means than the mail represents just one more way FWP is working to meet the needs and desires of the agency's customers. "There is a lot of information on our website that we wish more people knew was available," he said. "Perhaps listing the drawing results there will encourage more people to visit the site and see all that is there. I believe those that haven't visited before will be impressed."
Licenses and permits for those who were successful in the drawings currently are scheduled to be mailed from Helena beginning Friday, August 14, with refunds to those who were unsuccessful mailed soon thereafter. As always, successful license and permit recipients are strongly encouraged by FWP officials to refer to 1998 hunting regulations to verify any restrictions associated with the species or hunting district(s) for which their licenses/permits are valid.
Applicants also will be able to determine their success by visiting any FWP office beginning August 17 or, on the same date, by calling FWP's Information Hotline at 1-900-225-5397. The line is in operation Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $1.50 per minute charge will be assessed and callers must be 18 years of age or older to use the line.