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Policy For Hunting In State Parks Adopted


Fri May 22 00:00:00 MDT 1998

At its meeting on May 8, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted a formal policy regarding hunting in state parks.

The Commission asked Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff to develop a policy to provide consistency among park sites and inform the public of types and times hunting is allowed.

In brief, the policy adopted states that hunting in a state park may be allowed by FWP if the state park meets one or more of the following conditions: 1) hunting has historically occurred in the park or was included in the original intent of the park land purchase; 2) hunting to control wildlife depredation to a park's natural environment or adjoining property is recommended by FWP biologists; 3) the park is not part of a safety zone; 4) hunting does not conflict with the purposes for which the state park was created and does not create unsafe conditions for park users.

Copies of the new state park hunting policy are available from FWP's Parks Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.