Public Meetings Set on Proposed Hunting Regulations for Next Two Years
By angelamontana

Posted: January 4, 2022
Comments to Fish and Wildlife Commission are due by Jan. 21

BILLINGS – Hunting regulation proposals for the 2022-2023 seasons were approved for public comment by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission in December and are now out for review and comment through Jan. 21, 2022. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold public meetings throughout the state to provide information and answer questions.

In south central Montana, a 6:30 p.m. ZOOM-only meeting on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, is part of FWP’s Region 5 Citizen Advisory Council meeting. Links to the meeting are on FWP’s website at https://fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/public-comment-opportunities/reg-proposals.

A 6:30 p.m. in-person only meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13, at FWP’s Region 5 headquarters, 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. in Billings Heights.

Montana hunting season regulations are adopted biennially for most game species. People may review the proposals and comment online at fwp.mt.gov/regproposals.

This is a second phase of season setting for the 2022-2023 hunting regulation proposals. Earlier this fall in an effort to simplify regulations, FWP biologists offered proposals that combined some hunting districts, reduced some license and permit types, and eliminated hunting district portions. FWP staff held informational meetings around the state, and the public was invited to submit comments on those initial proposals. FWP adjusted proposals based on public comment and presented them to the commission at their Dec. 14 meeting.

These draft regulations are now out for review and comment. Comments should be submitted online at fwp.mt.gov/regproposals, by email to fwpwld@mt.gov or by traditional mail to Montana FWP, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

The commission will make a final decision on the 2022/2023 hunting regulations at its meeting in February.

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