Hunters from throughout the state need to get engaged in the season setting process for 2016-17. We know our favorite areas best, including the wildlife that are present, habitat conditions, the mix of public and private land, and other factors that affect hunting opportunity.
To make engagement easier, we have put together this page with all the key links for hunters. It includes a list of area biologists for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; a list of the tentative season proposals; a list of meetings around the state and a page to help people submit formal comments. Please use this resource and make our voice heard. Comments are due by Jan. 22 so it’s vital that we get involved soon.
1. READ THE TENTATIVE PROPOSALS
There are four main topic areas being considered by MT FWP for 2016-2017. The following links will take you to the MT FWP page concerning each issue.
2016-17 Hunting Season Changes: This document includes the proposed changes for statewide regulations as well as individual changes in hunting district boundaries, permit and license types, and quotas. FWP is proposing to continue the 2014-2015 regulations unless a specific change is listed. Note: see the “Elk Master List” for the proposed shoulder seasons.
2016-17 Hunting Season Dates: This document establishes the start and end dates for seasons statewide for the next two years.
2016-17 Helena Urban Deer Plan Quotas: This document continues the current quota for urban deer management in Helena.
2016-17 Proposed Quotas for Game Damage/Management/Wildlife Health Authorizations: This document proposes to increase the quota for game damage/management/wildlife health in Region 1; all other quotas will stay the same.
2. DO YOUR RESEARCH
You probably know your favorite hunting district pretty well, but you might want to consult some of these references while you review the proposed changes:
FWP Biologist List by Region
FWP Biologist Search by Map
FWP Harvest Reports
3. ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING ON TENTATIVES
Click here to see a full listing, by region, of local meeting dates. Meetings start taking place as early as January 4!
Public Meeting Schedule for January 2016
4. SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS
You’ve done your research, thought about the issues that are important to you, and now you’re ready to comment. Remember, comments must be submitted by January 22nd, at 5 PM
TO MAKE A COMMENT
Comment on 2016-17 Proposed Hunting Season Changes
Comment on 2016-17 Proposed Hunting Season Dates
Comment on 2016-17 Proposed Helena Urban Deer Plan Qoutas
2016-17 ProposedQuotas for Game Damage/Management/Wildlife Health Authorizations
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701
The information on this page can be seen in its entirety at MT FWP under the Commission heading by following this link.
Opportunities for Public Comment