Montana FWP to Consider New Elk Regulations for Gardiner Area
By angelamontana

Posted: December 9, 2015

Montana’s Fish & Wildlife Commission will consider a possible change to hunting regulations on Dec. 10 in Helena that would establish limited-draw permits for bull elk in Gardiner area hunting district 313.

The commission will consider the proposal for public comment at 10 a.m. at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Montana WILD Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave. The FWP website will offer live streamed audio of the meeting at The public may view and offer public comments via a live video feed of the meeting at any FWP regional headquarters and FWP Helena headquarters at 1420 E. 6th Ave.

Any hunting season-setting proposal the commission approves for public comment at the meeting will be available for public review through Jan. 22, 2016. All public comments will be submitted to the commission for its consideration of final hunting season-setting adoptions in February.

The hunting regulation change is proposed in response to low numbers of mature bull elk in this Gardiner area hunting district.

At the meeting, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., commissioners will make final decisions on rules for commercial bait seining waters; a new regulation for mandatory harvest and reporting of walleye caught in Swan Lake, Swan River and its tributaries to combat a suspected criminal dumping of the predatory fish there; and a conservation easement in the Haskill Basin near Whitefish.

Additional proposals to consider for public comment include most 2016-2017 general hunting season regulations and related issues; the quota range for the Helena urban deer management plan; commercial fishing regulations for Canyon Ferry Reservoir and Lake Helena, near Helena; and recreation rules on the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers.

For the full agenda and additional information, visit FWP’s website at Click “Commission Links“.

FWP ensures its meetings are accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements contact FWP at 406-444-3186.

(Report via Montana FWP)