Big Game Bonus Point System Will Be Expanded

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission is seeking public comment through Dec. 27 on a tentative decision to expand the big game license drawing bonus point system. The new system would include special deer and elk permits, and deer B, antelope and swan licenses. The bonus point system has been in place since 2001 for the nonresident combination license and resident and nonresident moose, sheep and goat license drawings.

The tentative decision to expand the bonus point system would increase the chances of success for those who participate in the special deer and elk, deer B, antelope and swan license drawings.

To participate, resident hunters must pay $2 and nonresidents $20. Applicants will obtain a bonus point (additional chance) in future drawings only if they are unsuccessful in their first choice for a species in the drawing.

For information, go to the FWP web site at and click on Notices. Comments must be received by Dec. 27. To comment use the email feature on the web page; or email comments directly to [email protected] or mail them to: FWP, Attn: Wayne Johnston, 1420 6th Ave., P.O. Box 2007-1, Helena, MT, 59620-0701. For details call 406-444-5907.