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Delay on Applicaitons for Montana Wild Bison

Montana will be late publishing their bison regs this year, apparently because the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission was not able to review the proposed quotas in time to meet the original publication date. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks had planned on releasing the bison regs on July 27. However, a couple weeks after that deadline, they amended this to state that applications "will be available in September." Subsequently they further clarified this to state that regs would be available on September 30.

Montana is one of the few states in the US that offers hunts for wild, free-range, Boone and Crockett-eligible bison. Montana's hunts are in the winter, timed so that hunters can have a chance at bison as they come off of Yellowstone park and enter winter range on national forest lands. Draw odds are tough, in the neighborhood of 1 in 100.

And the draw odds to get a tag for a bull will be even tougher this year, as fewer tags are going to be allocated -- only 40 either-sex licenses have been proposed for this season, down from 95 either-sex licenses during the 2006 season.

The full $750 license fee is due at the time of application.

Montana's bonus point system does not apply to bison.

For a copy of the regulations (when they're eventually published), visit the Montana Game Fish and Park website.