Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet Aug. 20 | New system in place for public comments via Zoom
By angelamontana

Posted: August 20, 2021

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in person today, Aug. 20 at the State Capitol in room 303. Additional seating is available in the balcony. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

Public comment via Zoom for those who pre-registered will be managed with the system utilized by the Legislature. Members of the public will also be able to comment in person at the meeting or at any FWP regional office.

“We’re grateful to the Legislative Services staff for their help in setting us up with the system at the capitol,” said FWP director Hank Worsech. “This new meeting format should be much simpler for people to provide their comments to the commission.”

The commission is expected to make final decisions on the following:

  • Marias Crossing FAS Acquisition
  • Montana Rail Lin Clark Fork River Temporary Closure Rule
  • Future Fisheries Improvement Program Summer 2021 Funding Recommendations
  • Southwest Montana Brown Trout Fishing Regulations
  • Wolf and Furbearer Trapping Setbacks
  • 2021 Furbearer Seasons and Quotas
  • 2021 Wolf Season Quotas, Regulations
  • 2021 Traditional Muzzleloader Deer and Elk Season
  • 2021-22 Elk Shoulder Season Adjustments
  • Nongame Check-Off Workplan
  • Jordan Urban Wildlife Plan
  • 2021 Contractual Public Elk Hunting Access Agreements
  • Pheasant Translocations

The commission will hear and may move forward the following proposals:

  • 2022 Fishing Regulations
  • Brucellosis Review and Annual Work Plan
  • Big Horn Sheep Transplant to Wild Horse Island
  • Turkey Transplants in Region 4
  • Mule Deer Adaptive Harvest Management Plan

The commission will also look at endorsing the Sha Ron FAS acquisition, and hear presentations for the selection of conservation organizations who will conduct various license auctions:

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements, call FWP at 406-444-3186. For a full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission page on the FWP website

FWP’s website offers live streamed audio of each Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.