FWP could expand wolf trapping, hunting in NW Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is recommending changes to the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in Region 1 (northwest Montana). The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider these proposals at the February 13 meeting.
FWP’s proposals for Region 1 include:
- Extend the general hunting season to begin Aug. 15 and end March 31. Currently, archery season begins Sept. 1, general season begins Sept. 15 and ends March 15.
- Extend trapping season to March 15. Currently, the trapping season ends Feb. 28.
- Increase the individual limit to 10 wolves per person. Currently, the limit is five per person.
- If approved by the Commission, these proposed changes would take effect in Region 1.
These proposals emerged from the latest biennial season-setting process that involved the review of hunting season structures for most game animals and other managed species. FWP regional staff met and took input from local communities at four meetings across northwest Montana this winter. Public comment was also received online from Dec. 5 to Jan. 27 and forwarded to commissioners and FWP staff for their consideration.
FWP will recommend extending the public comment period through March 16 for these changes to the original hunting season proposals.
“We heard from a substantial number of people attending the public meetings throughout northwest Montana who requested additional opportunity for wolves. Biologically, we have the wolf population to sustain additional harvest opportunity and wanted to be responsive to public input and participation,” FWP Regional Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson said.
The Commission will consider these and other proposals from the statewide season-setting process at its Feb. 13 meeting in Helena. The meeting will be streamed live via video to all FWP regional offices. The meeting will also be audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov . The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov ; under “Quick Links” click “Commission.”