The Environmental Quality Council will be meeting on March 19 in Helena and one of the items on the group’s agenda is the recommendations from a committee on how the state should restructure its hunting and fishing licenses.
Among the proposals is a base hunting license that all hunters would purchase. It would replace the archery stamp now required of bowhunters. The recommendations would also reduce the number of free and reduced priced licenses and raise the age for reduced priced licenses for senior citizens.
If all of the recommendations were enacted, FWP would see a $6.25 million boost to its coffers, but first the proposals will go out for public scrutiny at meetings around the state and through the Legislature. You can read the full story as well as the committee’s recommendations online at The Billings Gazette. You can also listen to the EQC meeting online.
(Written by Brett French-Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)