Montana - Hunter Education

(1) Resident and nonresident minors under 12 years of age may fish without a license. (2) Resident minors who are 12 years of age or older and under 18 years of age may purchase the following for one-half the cost: (a) a Class A fishing license; (b) a Class A-1 upland game bird license; (c) a migratory game bird license; (d) a Class A-3 deer A tag; (e) a Class A-5 elk tag; (f) a Class AAA combination sports license that does not include a Class A-6 black bear tag. This subsection (2)(f) does not prohibit a resident minor from purchasing any individual licenses for which the minor may be eligible under this chapter if the minor does not purchase a Class AAA license under this subsection (2)(f). A resident minor who lawfully purchases a Class AAA license pursuant to this subsection (2)(f) at 17 years of age, but who reaches 18 years of age during that license year, may legally use the license during that license year. (3) A nonresident minor who is 12 years of age or older and under 18 years of age may purchase an upland game bird license and a migratory game bird license for one-half of the nonresident fee. Of the fee paid for the upland game bird license, $17 must be deposited pursuant to 87-1-270 and $7 must be deposited pursuant to 87-1-246. (4)(a) The department may issue a free resident or nonresident big game combination license, as applicable, or a free resident or nonresident antelope license and wildlife conservation license, as applicable, to a resident or nonresident youth under 18 years of age who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. In order for a youth to qualify for the free license, the department must receive documentation that the youth has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness from a licensed physician. The free license may be issued to a youth on a one-time basis for only one hunting season. As used in this subsection, “life-threatening illness” means any progressive, degenerative, or malignant disease or condition that results in a significant threat, likelihood, or certainty that the child's life expectancy will not extend past the child's 19th birthday unless the course of the disease is interrupted or abated. (b) In exercising hunting privileges, the youth must be accompanied by an adult in possession of a valid Montana hunting license or of a licensed Montana outfitter and conduct all hunting within the terms and conditions of the license issued. (c) The department may waive hunter safety and education and bowhunter education requirements in 87-2-105 for a qualified youth under this subsection (4) and, in appropriate circumstances, may also allow the qualified youth to hunt from a vehicle in the manner described in 87-2-803. (d) The department may limit the number of licenses issued pursuant to this subsection (4) to a total of 25 annually. (5) Prior to reaching 12 years of age, a minor who will reach 12 years of age by January 16 of a license year may hunt any game species after August 15 of that license year as long as the minor obtains the necessary license pursuant to this chapter.

Citation: Mont. Code Ann. § 87-2-805 (West);