MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTERS REMINDED OF CHANGE TO WANTON WASTE OF GAME STATUTE
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: September 15, 2021

HELENA – The 2021 Migratory Bird Regulation booklets contain language on wanton waste of game that is no longer accurate. Because the regulations were printed before the Montana Legislature changed the statute, the information is outdated.

The regulation reflecting the new statute reads:

Waste of Game (MCA 87-6-205) Wanton Waste – No person shall kill or cripple any migratory game bird pursuant to this part without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird and retain it in his/her actual custody. Under Montana law, it is unlawful to waste any part of a game bird suitable for food. For migratory birds, suitable for food means the breast meat.”

The regulations posted on the FWP website are current with the new language.