The Flathead Reservation Fish & Wildlife Board and CSKT Tribal Council are looking for public input on proposed changes to the 2019-2020 Fishing, Bird Hunting and Recreation Regulations.

 

The proposed changes for non-member Regulation include a $6.00 increase for all Conservation Permits.  The other proposed fee change is to approve the State fishing license AIS Prevention Pass add on to all Reservation Fishing Stamps. 

 

An additional proposed change to the Fishing Regulation is the lifting of a daily creel limit for Brook Trout and Northern Pike (no limit). 

 

Bird hunting proposed changes include the use of drones or any other remotely-operated device to move, flush ore cause migratory waterfowl and other game birds as an aid in hunting of the species is prohibited.  And a Special Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Hunting Days provision as follows:  Special Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Hunting Days, may be scheduled annually for a two-day weekend period prior to the opening day of pheasant and waterfowl hunting and conservation.  Legally licensed youth hunters 12-15 years of age may hunt pheasants and legally huntable species of migratory waterfowl on these dates if accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age.  Youth hunters and accompanying adult must possess a valid Tribal Conservation Permit and Bird Hunting Stamp.  In addition, youths 10 and 11 years of age are certified as Apprentice Hunters under Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Apprentice Hunter Program, and who have a Mentor who meets all criteria on the program, may also hunt during the Special Youth Pheasant and Migratory Waterfowl Days, as well as during the general hunting season for both.  Mentors must possess a valid Tribal Conservation Permit and Bird Hunting Stamp.  All youth hunting must comply with current bag and possession limits, shooting hours, hunters education, and all other applicable regulations that apply during the regular hunting season.

 

“The fee increases for permits and all licenses is an increase to help keep up with inflation and program management costs,” said FWRC Division Manager, Tom McDonald. “It is time to update these fees; there hasn’t been a significant cost increase in license fees for many years.”

           

The Division of Fish, Wildlife Recreation and Conservation will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm at the Division office at 406 6th Avenue East in Polson.  Written comments on the proposed changes that are post marked on or before November 30th at 5:30 pm.  Any person who desires to present oral comment may do so at the public hearing. 

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