Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock remind hunters that horses are required to have a brand inspection before crossing county lines.
“It’s a pretty common violation during hunting season,” said John Grainger, Brands Enforcement Division administrator for DOL. “Producers move livestock all the time and are generally familiar with transportation requirements, but sometimes hunters just don’t know.”
Grainger recommends that hunters get their horses inspected in advance of their planned departure. The fine for not having a proper inspection is $135.
The inspection is good for a year of movement, or one can obtain an inspection good for the life of the horse.
“If you hunt on horses, just add getting a brand inspection to your check list,” Grainger said.
An annual inspection costs $6, and a lifetime is $25. A map of brand inspectors by county can be found on the DOL website at liv.mt.gov; click “Brands Enforcement” then “Service Map.” Annual and lifetime inspections can also be issued at livestock markets, which are also marked on the online map.
For additional information or assistance call 406-444-9431.
(Report by Montana FWP; Feature photo via domemountainranch.com)