Under a special one-time legislative allowance, nearly 1,700 nonresidents hunting with outfitters purchased big game licenses with about another 140 still eligible. A late amendment to House Bill 637 allowed outfitted out-of-state hunters who had applied for, but not drawn, one of Montana’s 17,000 big game licenses to purchase one by the end of August. The amendment also changes nonresident preference points to favor those hunting with outfitters over do-it-yourself hunters starting next year.
One of the more heated debates in Montana recently was the possibility of the Fish and Wildlife Commission changing the regulations for wolf hunting and trapping, which was recently decided with an annual harvest of 450 wolves. Montana Stockgrowers Executive Vice President Jay Bodner explains how local producers will benefit.