All active hunters are being reminded by the Montana Department of Livestock that if you are bringing horses, that all of the animals must have a brand inspection before they can be brought across county lines.
This reminder to have a brand inspection for horses before bringing them across county lines is issued by Paul Johnson, Montana Department of Livestock district inspector for Cascade, Lewis and Clark and Teton counties.
It’s a pretty common violation during hunting season. Producers move livestock all the time and are generally pretty familiar with transportation requirements, but sometimes hunters just don’t know.
If the hunter does not know and he receives a citation, it could cost at least $135, according to Johnson.
He offers a simple recommendation in addition to the above reminder.
Get your horses inspected in advance of the planned departure. An annual inspection costs $6, and a lifetime inspection is $25.
The department has issued a map that states all brand inspectors by county. Both annual and lifetime inspections may also be received at livestock markets, so that is another alternative.
For anyone that requires an inspector but has no Internet access, call 406-444-9431 for assistance.
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