Commission looks to approve hunting regulations proposals for public comment
By angelamontana

Posted: December 7, 2021

HELENA – The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Dec. 14 in person at the State Capitol in room 152. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.

This year is a biennial season setting year for hunting regulations. For the bulk of this meeting, the commission will review regulations proposals and approve a regulation proposal package to go out for public comment. Once the commission approves a regulation proposal package, FWP staff around the state will be presenting these proposals and taking comment both at in-person and virtual meetings. The public will also be able to view the proposals on the FWP website: fwp.mt.gov.

Public comment at the Dec. 14 commission meeting via Zoom will be managed with the system utilized by the Legislature. If you are interested in commenting, you must register online via the Fish, Wildlife & Parks website by noon, Dec. 13. The public will also be able to comment in person at the meeting or at any FWP regional office.

The commission will make final decisions on the following:

  • Boulder River advisory group recommendation
  • 2022 fish removal projects
  • Approved commercial bait seining waters
  • 2022 Central flyway spring light goose conservation order hunt
  • Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program pheasant releases
  • Grizzly Bear Tri-State Memorandum of Agreement

The commission will hear the following proposals:

  • 2022–2023 Elk hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Deer hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Antelope hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Moose hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Big Horn Sheep hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Mountain Goat hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Bison hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Black bear hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Black bear mandatory harvest reporting requirements
  • 2022–2023 Black bear hound hunting regulations and season structures
  • 2022–2023 Mountain lion hunting regulations, season structures, and hunting district boundaries
  • 2022–2023 Hunting season dates
  • 2022–2023 Biennial quota ranges
  • 2022–2023 Game damage, management season, wildlife health, urban wildlife quota authorizations
  • 2022–2023 Upland game bird hunting season regulations and turkey quotas
  • WMA public use rules
  • Edit Arm 12.9.1402 Grizzly Bear Demographic Objectives for The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem

The commission will also look at endorsing:

  • Hunter recruitment pheasant releases
  • Montana great outdoors conservation easement (Region 1)
  • Willow Creek addition to Mt. Haggin WMA (Region 3)
  • Big Lake WMA addition (Region 5)

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

For the 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.

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