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.