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No Waiting For Nonresident Montana Big Game Tags

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Montana has surplus nonresident big game tags available on a first come first served basis.

This marks the fourth year in a row the state has not been able to sell all of its big game tags, leaving an estimated $3.3 million in untapped revenue for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Prices for the tags skyrocketed in 2010 following a ballot initiative.

Currently, hunters can now get a big game combination license for $971, an elk combination license for $821 and a deer combo for $575.

Each year Montana FWP makes more than 23,000 big game/deer combo licenses available.

The recent trend of underselling these licenses has helped contribute to a budget shortfall for Montana FWP. The agency is considering asking state legislators to increase license fees on other sporting licenses to help offset the balance.

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