The advisory council tasked with considering changes to Montana's hunting and fishing licenses and fees will meet in Helena, April 17.
This will be the Fish & Wildlife Licensing and Funding Advisory Council's last scheduled meeting. The aim of the council is to determine a pricing structure for hunting and fishing licenses that will provide a sufficient, fair and stable source of revenue for fish and wildlife management in Montana.
The group will complete its recommendations and present them to Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on April 17 at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave. in Helena, with public comment specifically scheduled for noon.
FWP will solicit comments on the council's final recommendations through a number of statewide public meetings—and an extended public comment period—this spring and summer. An FWP budget and funding package may then be prepared for consideration by the 2015 Montana Legislature.
The call for the funding and license review came from both the 2013 Montana Legislature and Governor Steve Bullock. The Legislature passed House Bill 609, which requires the Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council to conduct a study of hunting and fishing license statutes and fees, while Gov. Bullock requested that FWP begin a public effort to create FWP's budget for consideration by the 2015 Legislature.