After releasing a series of proposed changes to hunting regulations, officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks held virtual open houses to gather public comment.
FWP Region 1 staff, which covers northwest Montana, will hold their public meeting to discuss changes to the 2022 and 2023 regulations on October 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Residents wishing to join the Zoom meeting should visit the FWP website closer to the opening. home date for login information.
State officials are not holding in-person meetings to discuss potential changes due to the risk of the coronavirus spreading. Dillon Tabish, head of the FWP Region 1 information and education program, said FWP staff canceled plans to hold rallies after COVID-19 cases increased across the country. State, overwhelming hospitals.
Residents should ignore information about in-person meetings leaked on social media.
The proposed changes would help reduce the complexity of Montana’s hunting regulations, Tabish said. If passed, the changes would reduce the number of hunting districts and simply issue licenses while following the scientific recommendations of FWP biologists.
In Region 1, the most controversial regulatory change will likely be the elimination of a limited draw license for mule deer in the northeastern part of Hunting District 103. Local hunters have successfully applied to the Fish and State Wildlife Commission to create the permit a few years later. since.
State officials, however, say the creation of the special zone within the district has created confusion.
Most of the other regulatory changes proposed in the Lincoln County area relate to the consolidation of hunting districts. Hunting Districts 103 and 102 would merge into Hunting District 103. Districts 101 and 109 would become Hunting District 101. FWP plans to retain the three-week general rule and the two-week limited mule deer license for the new hunting district 101.
State officials also hope to change the boundary between Districts 103 and 101 to make the boundary clearer for hunters.
For a full list of proposed regulatory changes, residents should visit the FWP website.
Along with the October 14 virtual open house for Region 1, state officials are hosting Zoom meetings for the other six regions of the state. The Region 2 meeting will take place on October 5th. Residents will be able to comment on changes to Region 3 on October 13. Staff from Region 4 will open discussions on October 7. Region 5 will hold a meeting on October 6. These meetings will also take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Zoom meetings for Regions 6 and 7 are scheduled for October 12. The Region 6 meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Region 7 meeting will follow from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residents can leave comments on the proposals until October 20. Between October 21 and December 13, officials will update the draft regulations based on public comments. The Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide which proposals go into another 30-day comment period on December 14. At the beginning of February, the commission will adopt the final regulations.
Hunters can send comments to state officials through the FWP website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or regular mail to PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620.
State officials encourage residents to speak with their local FWP wildlife biologists. Tonya Chilton-Radandt, FWP Wildlife Biologist for the Libby Area, can be reached at (406) 293-4161, ext.209.