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New app stores Montana hunting, fishing licenses

| March 10, 2022 12:00 AM

Montana has launched a new mobile app from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks that allows Montanans to access their hunting and fishing licenses with their phone — reducing the need to secure and carry around paperwork while they fish and hunt.

The new app, MyFWP, provides a simple, easy way to store and display licenses, permits, and digital carcass tags, known as E-Tags, which can be used in the field without cellular service.

FWP is launching the new mobile app in conjunction with the start of the new 2022 license year, which began March 1. The app is available to download now in Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

In addition to storing and displaying licenses and permits in a digital wallet, the MyFWP app gives hunters the option to digitally validate an E-Tag instead of a traditional paper carcass tag. This can be done even if the hunter is out of cell service.

Hunters who purchase licenses online or at an FWP office will have the choice between the two options – digital or paper – for each transaction they make. They can’t choose both, and the decision is final for the remainder of the license year for each tag. If a hunter chooses the digital option, the E-Tag will be available on their mobile app to download before they head into the field.

Even if someone opts for paper carcass tags, they can still use the MyFWP app to carry and view licenses and permits for the current year and one year prior. All game animals in Montana that require a carcass tag are eligible for digital validation with an E-Tag. Paddlefish won’t have an E-Tag option this year.

Licenses and E-Tags will be accessible out of cellular service if users are logged into the app and have downloaded E-Tags to their mobile device.

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