Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the open water season of 2015. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Applications for contests may be approved, denied or approved with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or require additional access site maintenance when needed. The public may comment on the proposed contests through December 28, 2014.
(Fishing - 11/28/2014)
Recently you received documents regarding a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposal to purchase by fee title 2,840 acres known as “Whitetail Prairie” from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) for its appraised value. The land is located within FWP Administrative Region 4 and is approximately eight (8) miles east of Craig and 29 miles northeast of Helena in the Big Belt Mountains. Whitetail Prairie adjoins the FWP owned and managed 32,320 acre Beartooth Wildlife Management Area. (Decision Notices - 11/18/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks proposes to restore Big Spring Creek downstream of Highway 191. The proposed section of creek was straightened in 1961, resulting in channel instability, down-cutting, lateral bank erosion, and flooding downstream. A new channel with connected floodplain and a natural riffle/pool meander pattern is proposed for construction. Channel length would increase by approximately 60% to 3,200 feet from the current 2,000 feet. (Decision Notices - 11/18/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) invites the public to comment on an addendum to their 2013 draft environmental assessment, Year-round Habitat for Yellowstone Bison. The addendum focuses on a new alternative under consideration that combines components of three of the original alternatives with some additional management tools depending on the bison population level.
Public comments will be accepted until 5pm December 11, 2014. Comments can be submitted by regular mail to MFWP – Bison Addendum, PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620 or through the comment link below. (Plans - 11/12/2014)
The Parks and Recreation Board and Fish and Wildlife Commission amended the commercial use rules earlier in 2014. During the public comment process, the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) submitted a comment requesting the rules be amended to allow agents of outfitters the ability to collect fees. FOAM stated many times, the outfitter in charge of the trip is not present in all locations where their employees or contractors are conducting trips with clients, and the ability to collect fees from these clients is in keeping with current Board of Outfitters rules. (ARM Rules - 11/06/2014)