Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites landowners—along with hunters, outfitters, and others—to get involved now to help set hunting seasons for 2014 and 2015.
"FWP recognizes that hunting-season frameworks are important to the agricultural community in Montana," said FWP Director Jeff Hagener in Helena. "Montana farmers and ranchers have a long history of wildlife conservation, providing much of the habitat for game animals in the state, along with providing hunters with valued hunting opportunities."
Hagener said FWP has already hosted a number of public meetings around the state to gather comments and provide information on the season setting process. Additional meetings are scheduled Thursday, Aug. 22, at FWP regional offices in Billings, Bozeman Great Falls and Miles City beginning at 6 p.m.
Hagener noted that FWP further encourages agricultural producers to offer ideas on hunting regulation adjustments they'd like FWP to consider.
"We need to engage landowners in the process to learn more about their hunting season issues, concerns, and ideas," Hagener said.
The deadline to submit comments is Sept. 6. To submit suggestions online go to fwp.mt.gov, then click "Hunting."
Proposals that emerge for the 2014 and 2015 hunting seasons will be presented to the Fish & Wildlife Commission in December, followed by public comment opportunity in January 2014. The commission will adopt final rules in February.