The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently adopted a new rule that allows landowners to herd or haze game animals with aircraft in order to prevent crop or other damage to private property.
The 2005 Montana State Legislature directed the FWP Commission to establish the rules to reduce landowner losses that occur when game animals congregate on private lands. The rules were adopted following a 30-day period of public comment and a public meeting held in Helena in July.
The permits will not be available during designated hunting seasons or in spring when deer and elk are birthing their young.
The new rules set criteria that applicants must meet to qualify for the aerial herding permits. An applicant for a permit must submit a written statement of agreement from any individuals or agencies owning property that might be affected by the aerial herding of game animals.The full text of the new rule is available on the FWP web site under Public Notices, Aerial Herding Permits.