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HELENA — State wildlife officials are proposing changes to nonresident hunting license rules to comply with a ballot initiative passed earlier this month.

Voters approved the measure to abolish 7,800 outfitter-sponsored hunting licenses and raise fees on nonresident licenses by about half.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission on Thursday gave tentative approval to the rule change that would move the quota of outfitter-sponsored licenses to the general license category.

The proposed rule also raises nonresident big-game combination licenses to $912 and nonresident deer combination licenses to $542.

The agency is taking public comment over the next month before the changes are finalized.

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