Understanding non-res point system Montana

Torrent50

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(Edited) - Yes, you are correct and I was wrong. LEGEND pointed out that the NR PP section is not yet effective, but effective March 1, 2022:

1. PP will be $100, not $50,
2. PP can be purchased until DECEMBER 31, not September 30,
3. The part about skipping years will be incorrect.

HB 637 states: "The department shall delete the an applicant's accumulated preference points if the applicant...does not apply for a Class B-10 or Class B-11 license in consecutive years." Consecutive means every year - skip a year, lose accumulated PP.
I don't think your last statement is correct. If you don't apply in consecutive years means not applying two years in a row. You can skip a year and then apply the following year and not lose your points. Just a fancy way of saying that if you don't apply for two years you lose your points.
 

Agross

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I don't think your last statement is correct. If you don't apply in consecutive years means not applying two years in a row. You can skip a year and then apply the following year and not lose your points. Just a fancy way of saying that if you don't apply for two years you lose your points.
That’s the way I took it as well.
Also, is it true that next year you can buy two preference points?
 

Jt13

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I don't think your last statement is correct. If you don't apply in consecutive years means not applying two years in a row. You can skip a year and then apply the following year and not lose your points. Just a fancy way of saying that if you don't apply for two years you lose your points.
I spoke to FWP last week about this and they described it as @Erict did. Skip a year = lose points.
That’s the way I took it as well.
Also, is it true that next year you can buy two preference points?
Only if you use a licensed outfitter, and they don't have a good system in place for this yet.
 

bsnedeker

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How about Antelope? If I’ve been buying bonus points, do I have to apply the third year?
This only applies to preference points for the General Deer and Elk tag. Bonus points are a completely different system and are used for LE permits.

Bottom line, antelope points are not affected, you are fine.
 

dtrkyman

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Guess that explains why I have 2 points there, I thought I forgot to buy points but must have been hit due to not putting in an actual application. Oh well guess I am done with Montana!
 

Wapiti1

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I'm pretty sure you lose your preference points when you draw a big game combo license regardless of whether you turn it back in or not.
He has 3 PP, not bonus. I assume we have to apply by March 22, or they’ll zero out if he doesn’t apply.


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To answer your last question, yes, you must apply next year (2022) or you lose the preference points you have.

If you haven't purchased a PP this year (2021), I would suggest you do so. 3 is better than 2 and cheap insurance to draw the tag.

Jeremy
 

Button

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All I know is I’m going to hunt and make 0 threads on rockslide asking about units, spots, or how the system works.
I like to read so it’s not difficult to navigate state lottery or rules.
It’s so easy a cave man can do it.
 

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