A recent change in state law will mean fewer auctions of wild game confiscated by Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens this fall, but more game meat donated to charitable organizations.
The 1997 Legislature amended state law to require game wardens to donate seized meat to the Montana Food Bank or to other charitable institutions if feasible. That makes donation preferred over sale.
Occasionally, a warden will be unable to donate meat and will have to sell it. That could happen if the meat would spoil before it could be donated, where no local charitable organization exists, or when a charitable organization cannot accept the donation. Those who have purchased meat at auctions in the past should be aware that confiscated game auctions will only occur this fall when charitable organizations are at capacity for meat products and cannot accept donations.