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Montana | Big Hunting News for Out of State Property Owners

May 30, 2023
  • Hunting & Fishing
Written by Swan Land Agent Bill Wood


From the Outfitter — There is not a better time as a nonresident hunter to purchase property in Montana.  For years we have heard “why would I buy a hunting property that I only get to hunt every few years?”  The 68th legislative session finally addressed this issue.

House Bill 635 is an act establishing a landowner preference pool of 15% (2,550) of the 17,000 B-10 nonresident big game combination licenses for nonresident landowners owning 2,500+ acres.  If there is a sufficient number of licenses, landowners who own additional parcels of at least 2,500 acres would be able to apply for additional big game combination licenses up to five per landowner.  Licenses are only allowed to be transferred to immediate family members including spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, niece, or nephew of the landowner by blood, marriage, or legal adoption.

This licensing change will go into effect for the 2024 hunting season.  Nonresident landowners will be able to apply starting March 1st 2024.

View the Legislation Here.