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About FWP > Public Comment Opportunities 2022-23 Season setting: Hunting regulations changes

For years FWP staff have heard Montana’s hunting regulations are too complex. This year we’re taking a new approach with our hunting regulations to make them simpler. We are asking for your help.  

 

FWP biologists used their scientific expertise to find ways to reduce the number of hunting districts, simplify season structures and reduce the number of license and permit types, all with a focus on sound deer, elk, and in some cases other species, management. So, far they’ve used biology to guide the draft changes, but as part of the next step, we need your valuable input. The next drafts will be informed by your feedback.  

 

Timeline

  • Sept. 21-Oct. 20: The first round of public comment will be collected Sept. 21 through Oct. 20.

  • Oct. 21-Dec. 13: FWP biologists will adjust the changes based on your feedback and work with Director Hank Worsech and his staff to draft proposals for Fish and Wildlife Commission review.

  • Dec. 14: The Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine what proposals go forward for another 30-day public comment period.

  • Early February: The Fish and Wildlife Commission will adopt final regulations.


FWP biologists are still working on the biennial season setting process for other species regulations (e.g., moose, sheep, goat, bison). Those regulation proposals also will go through commission review on Dec. 14 before going out for a 30-day public comment period. Final adoption by the commission will be in early February. 

 

Open Houses

FWP regional staff held virtual meetings across the state in October. These meetings were held via Zoom and allowed the public to hear directly from FWP staff and ask questions about the proposed changes. 

 

Public Comment

The deadline to comment has passed. Comments were collected through October 20, 2021.

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Proposals

Below you will find descriptions of statewide and regional draft changes with biological and social implications. 

Statewide proposals

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

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Region 1: Northwest Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

Region-wide changes:
 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:

Comment online:

Region 2: West-central Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

Region-wide changes:
 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:


Comment online:

Region 3: Southwest Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:


Comment online:

Region 4: North-central Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

Region-wide changes:
 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:
 
Questions? Contact us:


Comment online:

Region 5: South-central Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

Region-wide changes:
 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:


Comment online:

Region 6: Northeast Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

Region-wide changes:
 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:


Comment online:

Region 7: Southeast Montana

Comments on the following proposed item will be accepted until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m., with review at the December 14 commission meeting.

 

Region-wide changes:
 
Draft changes and implications by hunting district:


Comment online: