Montana preference point only purchase help

Eric.MN

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Can someone help educate me on this. Figure I'll buy a preference point only for a future hunt in Montana, is it a print only application I have to send in with a check or is there a link to buy the poin onlyt online like Wyoming? I can't seem find a online purchase link, but I don't know Montanas web site that well yet. I don't have a printer is why I'm concerned.

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Don't waste your time with a preference point. You can buy leftover licenses OTC, or you are guaranteed a license if you put in the drawing.

If at some point the drawing is oversubscribed, then buy your preference point.
 

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I want to do a elk hunt there in the future, just thinking of investing for the future is all. I see that must be a silly thought tho.
 

Eric.MN

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Okay forgive me for my ignorance cause i admit I do not know much about Montanas system but what is the difference between bonus and preference? Its not that clear to me, and I called it preference because I came to this link to buy a preference point only for deer/elk/combination
http://fwp.mt.gov/fwpDoc.html?id=69029
 

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If my understanding is correct, a preference point "helps" you get a license. I say "helps" because it's been 100% draw the last few years, so there's no point.

A bonus point helps you get a permit for a restricted area. I don't believe you can buy a bonus point, you only accumulate bonus points when you are unsuccessful in drawing your permit (and elected to participate in the bonus point program).
 

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For a combo license that is useable in any general unit that does not require a permit there is a preference point system. However, over the last 3 years these licenses have not sold out through drawing and there is no need to buy one.

A bonus point is applicable if you want to apply for a unit that requires a permit.

If you want to hunt in the future, you can do so on a general license, huge amounts of the state are open to the general license. A preference point currently is worthless here, as there are tags available today. If you are thinking of trying for a permit unit in the future you can purchase a bonus point on your application.
 

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So preference points must be NR only. Explains my ignorance. mtmuley

Yes. The funny thing is they went into effect either the same year or year after I-161 was passed, essentially making them worth the same as an ice vending maching on the North Pole.

And, it is a true preference point system.
 

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