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(1) NCHU categories are as follows:

(a) Category 2, consisting of all clients served in the pursuit of upland game birds and big game under combination licenses or in the pursuit of big game; and

(b) Category 3, consisting of all clients served in the pursuit of upland game birds, water fowl, and turkeys.

(2) In cases where a federal agency limits an outfitter's use of federal lands by some means other than NCHU, an outfitter is not required to have NCHU to perform services on those lands.

(3) NCHU owned by a licensee is part of the operations plan and may be transferred only with notice to the board. Transfers between or among licensees are routinely processed by the department unless the department has received a complaint against the licensee who is the transferor in a NCHU transfer request. If the transferor is a respondent to a complaint, the request will not be processed until after the case is resolved. In addition, a license that has expired may not be part of a NCHU transfer, and any NCHU that is recorded as part of the operations plan of a license that terminates or is revoked ceases to exist upon termination or revocation.

(4) Each outfitter entering into a transfer of NCHU with one or more other outfitters must do so by completing a transfer request form prescribed by the department. Prior to being processed by the department, a NCHU transfer request is not complete or valid for any purpose and may be cancelled by any licensee that is a party to it.

(5) The records of the board comprise the official records of NCHU and each purported transfer of NCHU is invalid and void that is not reflected in the board's records.

(6) NCHU allocated to a deceased outfitter may be transferred only by a successor if an approved successorship has not terminated under ARM 24.171.504. NCHU will expire and shall not be revived if it is not transferred the earlier of the date that the license terminates from nonrenewal, or the date that a successorship terminates, or, if no successor has been designated, the date that is one year following the death of the outfitter unless an extension is approved by the board based upon good cause appearing in a written request received by the board within one year. In cases where the outfitter dies and no successor is designated, someone authorized by the estate or the family of the outfitter must submit a NCHU transfer request form to the board within one year following the death of the outfitter. Authorization by the estate is shown by a certified copy of letters of appointment as a personal representative or by any other procedure allowed under Title 72, MCA, for the transfer of intangible personal property.

History: 37-1-131, 37-47-201, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-47-201, 37-47-316, MCA; NEW, 1996 MAR p. 145, Eff. 3/15/96; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 2267, Eff. 8/28/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 730, Eff. 3/17/00; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 1193, Eff. 6/13/03; TRANS, from Commerce, 2006 MAR p. 324; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 2149, Eff. 10/14/11; AMD, 2013 MAR p. 671, Eff. 4/26/13; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 58, Eff. 1/30/15.

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