The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are finished with the first round of special permit drawings for the upcoming 2024 season. Earlier this month, people from all over the world submitted applications to the FWP for a chance at scoring special hunting permits.

How does the Montana special permit drawing work?

Every year, sportsmen and women can apply for a special permit drawing. These drawings are typically for coveted areas of the state that produce trophy animals. The applicant can choose three different hunting areas in the drawing. If your first choice does not win, your name goes back in the drawing for your second choice, then your third. If you are unsuccessful in drawing a permit, you can earn a bonus point towards next year's drawing.

What is an FWP special permit bonus point?

According to a recent report from Andrew Curtis of MTN. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Licensing Bureau Chief Emily Cooper told MTN

When you purchase bonus points, it gives you additional entries into the drawing that allows you to have a greater chance of drawing a special permit license in the drawing. It is a random selection lottery, so there is a random selection drawing, so there is a chance that somebody who has no bonus points is going to draw

If you applied for the 2024 Montana hunting season, the results are in. You can look up your results here.

Keep in mind that other permit drawing application deadlines are coming up soon. Moose, Sheep and Goat apps are due May 1st. Elk/Deer B permits and Antelope apps are due June 1st.

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