Hunters who put in for Surplus License List hunting licenses for the upcoming season will be notified today.

Hunters who signed up for the Surplus License List will be randomized and selected today, Friday, July 21. The list of awarded licenses includes licenses and permits left over from the special license and permit drawing for deer and elk permits and deer B and elk B licenses/permits.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks will contact hunters who are at the top of the list via email with instructions to finalize their purchase within a specified time.

Hunters must finalize the purchase of the license/permit within the timeframe specified in the email, otherwise, your opportunity will be offered to the next hunter on the randomized list. Fish Wildlife and Parks may offer opportunities that have not sold out through the Surplus License List to over-the-counter customers at our internal and external license sale providers.

This new process for the sale of surplus licenses began in 2020 in response to issues in years past. The old process was vulnerable to long lag times, confusion and a perception of inequity for those unable to use the first-come, first-served online option starting at 5 a.m.

Nonresidents who hold a NR native license, youth combo license, or NR college student combination license may purchase deer B and elk B licenses at half price.

Sign-up for surplus license for antelope, antelope B, crane and special mountain lion will be Aug. 9 through Aug. 27.

For more information, contact the FWP licensing office at 406-444-2950 or

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