If you have a passion for upland game birds in Montana, this might be something worth pursuing through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Montana FWParks is seeking nominations for individuals interested in serving on a council that monitors activities and makes recommendations for the state’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program.

Council members represent of all seven FWP administrative regions and upland game bird-related interests, including upland game bird hunters; local chambers of commerce; conservation interests; upland game bird biologists; landowners, including Block Management cooperators; and a state senator and representative from different political parties.

Council members will be appointed for two- or four-year terms by Montana FWP Director Hank Worsech.  Meetings are scheduled at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. If you are interested in applying, you can do so via an online form on the apply using the online application form available on the FWP website. Click News and Public Notices on the bar across the top of the screen. That takes you to a menu where one of the choices is "News." Applications may also be requested by calling FWP at 406-444-2612 or by email to dhohler@mt.gov. The application deadline is March 22.  The council is scheduled to meet March 29 and Sept. 13 and 14.

On a Montana FWP side note regarding councils, the Private Land/Public Wildlife (PL/PW) Advisory Committee will meet on March 17 using the video conferencing platform Zoom. A time for public comment has been set for 3:00 p.m. During the meeting, committee members will finalize their 2021 Public Access Land Agreement scoring criteria, receive presentations on public access to public lands from specialists with DNRC and the Bureau of Land Management and receive an update on the elk management planning process.


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