When I grew up and started hunting in Colorado they didn't have or didn't require a Hunter Safety Certificate. Montana and other states that I have hunted did/do not require a HSC because I was born before a certain date.
A couple of years ago I thought I wanted to hunt Hawaii, and they require a HSC for all hunters. So I found an on-line Hunter Safety website (which happened to be Montana), went directly to the test, paid the $15 or whatever fee, took the test, scored 100%, and a week or so later got my Certificate in the mail. No range time, again I think because of my age.
As for the Montana Bonus Points, I have the maximum number of points for Sheep, Moose, and Goats (11, the number of years ago when they started them), but I've been unsuccessfully applying for these hunts continuously for over 30 years.
After entering your CID number and being identified, select BIG GAME & TURKEY LICENSES & APPLICATIONS, then 2013 license year, ELK, APPLY NOW. Apply for the elk license draw entering the preference point code of E-P-999-99-P as your first choice. no second choice, refund as your unsuccessful option. DOW will charge the cow elk license price of $351 plus a $3.00 application fee, you may pay with your credit card. Refunds less the $25.00 for the point and $3.00 fee & $10 H.S. will be mailed back to you around the first of July.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...