Two state groups have been busy this summer studying Montana’s hunting license fees and comparing those to what other states charge.
In an examination of 12 surrounding western states, not including California but including Nebraska, Montana residents paid the lowest fees for deer and elk licenses while nonresidents paid some of the highest fees to hunt deer and elk in Montana, but were pretty close to average for others species.
The whole discussion is a complicated affair because there are so many intricacies in who pays what, where money comes from and how the Legislature and Initiative 161 has affected the distribution and prices paid by hunters.
The upshot of the two groups’ work will likely be a bill seeking higher fees from Montana hunters in the 2015 Legislature, and possibly a reduction in the number of reduced-fee licenses that are given out to a variety of different individuals. For more on the story, read the story on The Billings Gazette’s website at: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/groups-trying-to-untangle-hunting-license-fee-inconsistencies/article_1824b459-d5b8-5fa8-a2fa-5defb73e83f9.html
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor of the Billings Gazette; Photo: Brett French)
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