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As per MT Code Annotated 2011 – 87-2-803:

(12) (a) A Montana resident who is a member of the MT national guard or the federal reserve as provided in 10 U.S.C. 10101 or who was otherwise engaged in active duty and who participated in a contingency operation as provided in 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(13) that required the member to serve at least 2 months outside of the state, upon request and upon presentation of the documentation described in subsection (12)(b), must be issued a free resident wildlife conservation license or a Class AAA resident combination sports license, which may not include a bear license, upon payment of the resident hunting access enhancement fee provided for in87-2-202(3)(c), in the license year that the member returns from military service or in the year following the member’s return, based on the member’s election, and in any of the 4 years after the member’s election.

A member who participated in a contingency operation after September 11, 2001, that required the member to serve at least 2 months outside of the state may make an election in 2007 or in the year following the member’s return, based on the member’s election, and in any of the 4 years after the member’s election and be entitled to a free resident wildlife conservation license or a free Class AAA resident combination sports license in the year of election and in any of the 4 years after the member’s election.
(b) To be eligible for the free resident wildlife conservation license or free Class AAA resident combination sports license provided for in subsection (12)(a), an applicant shall, in addition to the written application and proof of residency required in 87-2-202(1), provide to any regional department office or to the department headquarters in Helena, by mail or in person, the member’s DD form 214 verifying the member’s release or discharge from active duty. The applicant is responsible for providing documentation showing that the applicant participated in a contingency operation as provided in 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(13).
(c) A Montana resident who meets the service qualifications of subsection (12)(a) and the documentation required in subsection (12)(b) is entitled to a free Class A resident fishing license in the license year that the member returns from military service or in the year following the member’s return, based on the member’s election, and in any of the 4 years after the member’s election.
(d) The department’s general license account must be reimbursed by a quarterly transfer of funds from the general fund to the general license account for costs associated with the free licenses granted pursuant to this subsection (12) during the preceding calendar quarter. Reimbursement costs must be designated as license revenue.

Disabled Veterans

Persons with disabilities* are entitled to fish and to hunt game birds, not including turkeys, with only a conservation license. A person who is certified as disabled and who was issued a permit to hunt from a vehicle for license year 2000 or a subsequent license year is automatically entitled to a permit to hunt from a vehicle for subsequent license years, if the criterion for obtaining a permit does not change. A resident of Montana who is certified as disabled by the department and who is not residing in an institution may purchase a Class A-3 deer tag for $6.50 and a Class A-5 elk tag for $8. A resident of MT who is certified by the department as experiencing blindness, as defined in 53-7-301, may be issued a lifetime fishing license for the blind upon payment of a one-time fee of $10.

The license is valid for the lifetime of the blind individual and allows the licensee to fish as authorized by department rule. An applicant for a license under this subsection need not obtain a wildlife conservation license as a prerequisite to licensure. A person who is certified by the department as experiencing blindness, as defined in 53-7-301, may be issued regular resident deer and elk licenses, in the manner provided in subsection (2), and must be accompanied by a companion, as provided in subsection. A Montana resident who is a member of the MT national guard or the federal reserve as provided in 10 U.S.C. 10101 or who was otherwise engaged in active duty and who participated in a contingency operation as provided in 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(13) that required the member to serve at least 6 months outside of the state, upon request and upon presentation of the documentation described in subsection (12)(b), must be issued a free resident wildlife conservation license or a Class AAA resident combination sports license, which may not include a bear license, for $29.00, plus the resident hunting access enhancement fee provided for in 87-2-202(3)(c), in the license year that the member returns from military service or in the year following the member’s return, based on the member’s election, and in the license year after the member’s election. A member who participated in a contingency operation between September 11, 2001, and February 28, 2006, that required the member to serve at least 6 months outside of the state may make an election in 2006 or 2007 and be entitled to a free resident wildlife conservation license or a $25.00 Class AAA resident combination sports license in the year of election and the license year after the member’s election.

Eligibility:

Residents of Montana not residing in an institution and are certified as disabled as prescribed by departmental rule. To be eligible for the resident wildlife conservation license or reduced-rate Class AAA resident combination sports license provided for in subsection (12)(a), an applicant shall, in addition to the written application and proof of residency required in 87-2-202(1), provide to any regional department office or to the Department Headquarters in Helena, by mail or in person, the member’s DD form 214 verifying the member’s release or discharge from active duty. The applicant is responsible for providing documentation showing that the applicant participated in a contingency operation as provided in 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(13). (MT Code 87-2-803)

Reference:

* http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/State__Territory_Benefits/Montana.html

MT Code Annotated 2011: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/index.htm

Persons with disabilities – service members – definitions: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/2/87-2-803.htm

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