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Hunting & Fishing Licenses

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In the next year or two, there's a good chance those who hunt and fish in Montana will be paying a little more for a license. Bob Gibson with Fish, Wildlife and Parks says increases usually come around every ten years. The Environmental Quality Council is currently looking at different ideas, which could include basic increases, consolidating some different types of licenses and cutting discounts on certain licenses.

"Probably for four or five years, we've known that this was coming, because the cost of doing business and the cost of managing and protecting the state's resources is starting to surpass what we're getting in license fees," Gibson says. "Most - like the vast, vast majority - of all the money we spend on fish and wildlife resources comes from people who are buying licenses."

Gibson says any fee increases would have to be approved by the state legislature.
 
FWP also has a series of meetings planned to cover regulations for the next two years' seasons, including proposed dates and limits. Dates and locations are as follows:

January 13, Roundup Ambulance Barn

January 14, Hawlowton Kiwanis Youth Center

January 15, Columbus High School Cafeteria

January 16, Big Timber High School Cafeteria

January 20, Red Lodge Middle School Cafeteria

January 21, Billings Holiday Inn Grand, Bighorn Room

All meetings begin at 7:00 PM.

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