At its meeting in Helena on Nov. 9, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission took final action on FWP's rules for selling nonresident combination licenses in 2001.
The new nonresident combination license fees will increase in the range of $75 to $140 in 2001 for outfitter-sponsored big game, elk and deer combination licenses. The new prices the Commission approved for the various nonresident "combination" licenses are:
|The Outfitter Sponsored Big Game License||$975|
|The Outfitter Sponsored Elk License||$875|
|The Outfitter Sponsored Deer License||$850|
Outfitter sponsored nonresident big game licenses and a target for the number of licenses to be sold annually were authorized by the Montana legislature. To achieve this annual license sales target, FWP adjusts the price when necessary to suppress the demand. Over the past five years, the price adjustments have enable FWP to manage Outfitter Sponsored Nonresident licenses to within one percent of the sales target. Over the past five years, this particular type of license has contributed over $31 million to fund hunting and recreational programs within the state, with $14.5 earmarked for hunter access.