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Fish and Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council

The Fish & Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council evaluated Montana's hunting and fishing licenses and how best to fund fish and wildlife management in Montana for the long term.

During the advisory council's eight-month effort they examined different types of hunting and fishing licenses and the impacts of free and discounted licenses on fish and wildlife management funding.

Additionally, the council developed recommendations for simplifying the structure of the state's hunting and fishing licenses—and considered license-fee adjustments necessary for sustaining long-term funding for fish and wildlife management in Montana.

At the conclusion of the advisory council's work in April 2014, final recommendations were prepared for the Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in preparation for the Montana Legislature in 2015.

Nine public meetings were held in May to solicit comments on the council's recommendations. The council convened on June 25, 2014 to review the comments and decide on any additional recommendations for FWP Director Jeff Hagener's consideration. Visit Choices for the Future for more information on FWP’s funding situation, some of the options for increasing revenue and decreasing expenses, and why this is important to Montanans and their fish and wildlife resources.

Resources

Opportunity for Public Comment

The Environmental Quality Council, or EQC, is an interim legislative committee taking public comment now on a draft bill that would generate enough fishing and hunting license revenue to support FWP through 2021.

With your interest in the future of fish and wildlife conservation in Montana, please read and comment on the EQC's draft bill.

Download and read the EQC's Draft Study Report (PDF icon and link 1.0 MB)

Membership

Advisory council members represented a mix of hunters, anglers and others committed to work to reach consensus on several complex license and funding issues. Members were selected based in part on their willingness and ability to respectfully engage in a structured decision-making process on license and funding issues. Advisory council members were appointed by FWP Director Jeff Hagener.

Advisory Council Meetings

Date Time Location
August 13, 2013 3 PM-5 PM
5 PM–7 PM (Social Activity )
Helena Headquarters
Montana WILD
August 14, 2013 8 AM-4 PM Helena Headquarters
September 3, 2013 9 AM-5 PM Montana WILD
October 18, 2013 9 AM-5 PM Comfort Suites
3180 N. Washington St.
Helena, MT 59601
November 5, 2013 9 AM-5 PM Montana WILD
December 11, 2013 9 AM-5 PM Montana WILD
January 16, 2014 1 PM-5 PM Comfort Suites
3180 N. Washington St.
Helena, MT 59601
January 17, 2014 8 AM-4:30 PM Montana WILD
February 19, 2014 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Montana WILD
April 17, 2014 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Helena Headquarters
June 25, 2014 8:30 AM-1:00 PM Montana WILD

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed. It was June 26, 2013.

Application Form

  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Attn: Fish and Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council
  • P.O. Box 20070
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701
  • psihler@mt.gov
  • Fax: (406) 444-3196

Contact

  • Paul Sihler
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • P.O. Box 20070
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701
  • (406) 444-3196
  • E-mail