New Licenses And New License Year

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Conservation, hunting and fishing licenses for the March 1, 2003-Feb. 29, 2004 license year are on sale at license providers and FWP headquarters and regional offices.

Resident license costs are unchanged from 2002, with the conservation license running $4, fishing $13, deer A $13, elk $16, upland game bird $6 and black bear and mountain lion $15 each.

Resident youth 12-14, residents 62 years of age and older, and residents with disabilities pay $4, the price of a conservation license, to fish and hunt upland game birds and they may purchase deer and elk licenses for half price. Those ages 15-17 pay only $3 for an upland game bird license, and $6.50 for a fishing license. Combination licenses, which include fishing and upland game birds, are $66 with a bear license; $56 without a bear license; and $27 without a bear license for youth 12-17. Everyone pays the same $2 Hunting Access Enhancement Fee on their first hunting license purchase each year. This fee helps fund access on both public and private lands.

Hunters who did not purchase a bear license last year will need to successfully complete bear ID training on the FWP web site at www.fwp.state.mt.us under Hunting/Hunter Education and present the certificate when purchasing a license this year. Those who successfully passed the bear ID training and purchased a bear license last year do not need to retake the training. However, all bear hunters are urged to continuously hone their bear identification skills in order to be able to distinguish a black bear from a grizzly.

To hunt in the spring black bear season you must purchase your license on or by April 14. Licenses purchased after that date can only be used during the fall black bear season. Only one black bear license per year is issued to an individual.

For licensing details and to purchase licenses, contact an FWP license provider or the nearest FWP regional office.