Mont. aims to cut abuse of disabled hunter permits
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife regulators suspect that more and more people are faking disabilities to take advantage of privileges granted to disabled hunters.
So the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission is proposing to remove one of those perks in hopes of curbing the abuse.
Permits to hunt from a vehicle are issued to Montana hunters with disabilities certified by a medical professional. Those permit holders are allowed to shoot cow elk without a special license, even in some areas where licenses aren't available to the general public.
But with more than 9,000 licenses issued and reports of abuse on the rise, the FWP commission on Friday gave initial approval halting that privilege.
Chairman Bob Ream says the ban will be temporary until the Legislature tightens the qualifying criteria.