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Montana approves non-resident license increases

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Montana legislature passed fee increases for non-resident hunting licenses. Heres the story.


HB 554 - Increase non-resident hunting and fishing license fees. MBA SUPPORTED. This bill was brought forth at FWP's request to bring non-resident fees closer to what the average of the western states charge for similar licenses. The legislation is expected to generate approximately $4 million in additional revenue annually. The $478 currently charged for non-resident moose, sheep and goat licenses is well below the average of other western states as those averages are $1,210 for moose, $1,264 for goat, and $1,393 for sheep. No state charges less than $1,000 for those licenses. HB 554 originally proposed $1,000 for each of those license fees but, as amended, the Legislature passed the bill with non-resident moose, sheep and goat licenses to sell for $750 each. Other non-resident license fees affected by the bill include: antelope $150 to $200, black bear $120 to $350, turkey $13 to $105, Deer A $125 to $250, Deer combo $245 to $325, and deer/elk combo $475 to $625. HB 554 was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Martz.
 
That is a big jump. I would not mind it as much if they just doubleded the sheep/ goat/moose tags, but they trippled it. It just meens that they will not get a short term loan from me next year.
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John
 
Huntrjohn, huh? did you forget your calculator or what. Current prices are 478. The increase will be to 750. Now, using advanced math 478*3=1434. Going from 478 to 750 is not even doubling the price, but rather about a 64 percent increase.

That price is still fair, even 1000 each would not be out of line, considering the quality of the moose, sheep and goats Montana has.
 
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