Montana FWP Adds Bison to Special License Drawing

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The deadlines to apply for FWP's special license drawings are May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for elk, deer and antelope.

The May 1 deadline for bison is new this year.

Applying for special big game hunting permits and licenses is a lot easier these days for the growing number of hunters who apply online at

Internet applicants receive instant confirmation that their applications are accepted and accurate, a feature that protects hunters from being excluded from a special drawing. To avoid the one unintended slip-up that can't be detected, applicants should double check their desired hunting district numbers before and after entering them. Once submitted, the application can’t be changed.

Hunters can apply online at Click "Apply for a Permit or License." Applicants will need a MasterCard or Visa credit card. A convenience fee of $1.25, plus two percent of the total purchase, will be added to the purchase price.

For those who don't own a computer, Internet access is available at Montana's 80 public libraries and 30 branch public libraries. Paper applications are available at all FWP offices and from most license providers.

Additional information about FWP's $5 SuperTag lottery is also available online on FWP's SuperTag Web page. The SuperTag chances are available for bison, moose, sheep, mountain goat, deer, elk, antelope, and mountain lion.