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The five-member Commission is appointed by the Governor from five geographical districts. Members serve staggered four-year terms, with three members appointed at the beginning of the Governor's term and two appointed two years after the Governor's term begins. The appointments are to be made without regard to political affiliation and to be made solely for the wise management of the fish and wildlife of the state. At least one member must be experienced in the breeding and management of domestic livestock.

The Commission is a quasi-judicial citizen board whose general authority and duties are further defined and shaped by specific responsibilities in the statutes.

The Department is an executive branch agency under the Governor. The Director of the Department is appointed by the Governor and reports to the Governor. The Department has duties and responsibilities as provided by statute.

In summary, the Department administers the day-to-day activities of the Department under the executive branch with specific statutory duties and the Commission sets fish and wildlife regulations, approves property acquisitions, and approves certain rules and activities of the Department as provided by statute.

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See the Members page for addresses and phone number for each Commissioner.

Recent Commission News

Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold public hearing on motorized use on the Shields River


The Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a phone-in public hearing on Oct. 6, at 10 a.m., to consider the proposed adoption and amendment of a new rule and amendment pertaining to closing the Shields River to all motorized watercraft. The Shields River is in Park and Meagher counties. Currently, the Park County portion of the river has a 10 horse-power restriction on motorboats, while the Meagher County portions have no restrictions.

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