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FWP looks to improve customer service with two changes to 2020 licenses

Hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses starting March 1.

The most visible change Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks customers will see is a change to license paper. Starting this year, both licenses and carcass tags will be printed on normal-sized paper, and license buyers will be able to print them at home.

For years, FWP licenses and tags have been produced on weather-resistant paper. However, this paper is not only expensive, but requires printing technology so outdated that it’s almost impossible to replace. The switch to standard 8.5 by 11-inch paper will provide significant savings and ultimately be easier for customers.

What this means is hunters won’t have to wait for special permits or licenses to come in the mail from FWP, but rather will be able to print them at home or at their local license provider.

This change also will reinforce the ability in Montana to have your license electronically on your mobile device and not printed out in your pocket. While carcass tags still need to be printed out, other licenses, such as a fishing license, do not. If checked in the field, this electronic version of your license is perfectly legal.

FWP recommends that people carry small plastic bags with them while hunting, and place validated carcass tags in the bags before attaching them to an animal. Small plastic bags ideal for this application will be available at all license providers, but any small sandwich bag will work.

Additionally, in 2020, hunters applying for licenses or permits will be able to do so online or at an FWP office. Mail-in applications will no longer be accepted.

With modern technology, the number of online applications continues to steadily grow. Eighty-six percent of Montana hunters now choose this method.  The small percentage of mail-in applications creates a time-consuming, expensive and inefficient delay in the license-drawing process. Mail-in applications must be entered manually in the licensing system, leaving room for human error and delays. 

Customers who still look for written guidance to help them through the application process will be able to find information sheets online or at an FWP office in the coming weeks. These information sheets will not be accepted as applications.

This simple change means that drawing results will now be available two weeks after the application deadline, rather than six weeks, allowing hunters to begin making plans for the upcoming season that much earlier.

New Walleye and Perch Regulations Now in Effect on Holter Reservoir

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Anglers are reminded of a regulation change that began Jan. 1 for walleye and perch fishing at Holter Reservoir south of Great Falls.

Yellow perch limits are now 25 daily and in possession.

Walleye limits are now five daily, only one larger than 25 inches; and the possession limit is twice the daily limit.

The changes will be listed in the new fishing regulations, which will be out in time for the new license year that begins March 1.

New hunting and fishing licenses that are required starting March 1 are usually available for sale in mid-February.

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What is the Certified Boater Program?

  • The Certified Boater program was created to ease the inspection process for boat owners and decrease the volume of boats at decontamination stations at Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoirs. It allows watercraft inspectors to focus on boats traveling between many different waterbodies. 
  • A Certified Boater can depart from the reservoir without going through a full inspection and hot wash if their next boating trip is on this reservoir. 
  • A Certified Boater can access all OPEN boat ramps within their designated reservoir.
  • Boaters must register each year to be in the Certified Boater Program.
  • You can complete the certification process online. You must read the tutorial, pass the test, complete a registration form, and sign a contract agreeing to abide by the Certified Boater rules.  Remember, you’ll need your vessel and trailer licenses numbers and description of all vessels to complete certification. 
    • Your Certified Boater decals will be mailed to you within 5-working days.  If you want to complete the certification in person, you will need to travel to an FWP regional office to complete the certification process and receive your decals. Remember to bring your vessel and trailer licenses numbers and description of all vessels.

How do I become a certified boater?

New for 2019. You can complete the certification process online. You must read the tutorial, pass the test, complete a registration form, and sign a contract agreeing to abide by the Certified Boater rules.  Remember, you’ll need your vessel and trailer licenses numbers and description of all vessels to complete certification. Your Certified Boater decals will be mailed to you within 5-working days. 

If you want to complete the certification in person, you will need to travel to an FWP regional office to complete the certification process and receive your decals. Remember to bring your vessel and trailer licenses numbers and description of all vessels.

To be certified, you need to: Click here to visit FWP website for certification

  1. Choose either Canyon Ferry or Tiber as your designated area. You cannot be certified for both.
  2. Take the online test. A passing score (80%) will allow you to register your watercraft(s).
    1. NOTE: Internet Explorer is not supported for the certification. Please use another browser.
  3. Register your watercraft(s) online.
  4. You will receive your decals in the mail within 5 working days.

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