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How To Apply For A 2009 Montana Bison Hunting License

April 6, 2009.

Two days after Hunt The West's story on the confusion over the changes to Montana's bison application process, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks issued the following press release to clarify the new process.

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

The deadline to apply for Montana’s special license drawing for bison is May 1. Applying for bison by May 1—along with moose, sheep, and goat—is new this year.

While May 1 is the application deadline for 2009 bison hunting licenses, t he FWP Commission will set the final quotas and seasons in August. The bison license drawing is set for September .

Licenses will be valid on private lands with landowner permission, and on those public lands specifically defined as bison areas outside the northern and western boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.

How to apply

  • Hunters may apply online at, at any FWP office, or through the mail.
  • Hunters may apply for West Yellowstone hunting district 385 or Gardiner hunting district 395.
  • Hunters also have a "second choice" option to apply for the bison cow/calf license roster for West Yellowstone hunting district 385-10 or Gardiner hunting district 395-10.
  • Paper applications must be postmarked by May 1.   Applications postmarked after Friday, May 1 cannot be entered in the drawing. Online applications must be submitted by May 1.
  • Applicants must have a valid 2009 conservation license.
  • A $5 nonrefundable drawing fee must accompany the application. Nonresidents must submit a cashier’s check or money order.
Applications and Regulations
  • Applications are available now via the FWP Web site at , and from most FWP offices.
  • Printed regulations will be available in mid August.
Drawing Results

  • The drawing is scheduled for the first week in September.
  • Successful applicants will be mailed a hunter orientation DVD and hunters are encouraged to view the DVD prior to hunting.
  • Drawing results will also be available via FWP’s Web site.
License Purchase

  • FWP will provide each successful applicant with license-purchase information. The bison license cost is $125 for residents and $750 for nonresidents. Hunters must purchase their l icense before they hunt.

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