Thanks Montana. Not only can I afford to apply, and apply my son, I can now have Mom, Grandma, my nextdoor neighbor, girlfriend, girlfriend's sister, and eleven of my son's pals apply for a 680 sheep permit this year. Awesome.
The odds for every sheep, goat, moose, bison hunt are going to go right down the toilet this year, regardless of your "max point" status. If a MT resident can't afford the full $125 fee for sheep, they have no business applying in the first place, as that's more than the gas from your home to the trailhead would likely be.
Now, everybody with a credit card and an internet connection will be submitting $10 apps, for their entire extended family, regardless of how little some of these folks would want a permit.
Hopefully the non-refundable app fee will go toward something important, like "access" - since apparently "the lack of access" is why people don't bother hunting. Or maybe it can go to manage some new "late hunt" program on private property, after the season, since we're so over objective on elk in so many places.
Who dreamed this one up?
Didn't this change take place last year? If so, why would the number of apps go up this year exponentially over last seasons? Just a silly question since I am not on the up and up or smart enough to realize the real reason MTFWP makes any of these changes aside from what I assume are "Lack of Funds". Not wanting to get burned at the stake is all. (At least I started applying before it was 'Affordable", haha)