Hunting season dates. Quotas. Game damage hunts. Do you wonder if there are numerous changes in the wind worth reviewing?

Of course, there could be a number of reasons why a public comment period gets extended. And granted, it's only an additional week.

But maybe there are enough proposed, significant changes that a deeper dive on the part of more Montana hunters would be wise. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is giving you that opportunity.

The deadline for public comment on the 2022/2023 hunting regulation proposals has been extended from January 14 to January 21.This is a second opportunity for the public to provide input on drafted hunting regulation proposals. In the fall of 2021, Montana FWP biologists offered science-based regulations proposals that combine some hunting districts, reduce some license and permit types, and eliminate hunting district portions. FWP staff held informational meetings around the state, and the public was invited to submit comments on those initial proposals. FWP adjusted the proposals based on public comment and presented them to the commission. The commission approved the draft regulations for public comment at Tuesday's meeting.

FWP is holding season-setting meetings around the state to discuss the draft hunting regulations with interested members of the public. At the meetings, biologists will present information on the draft hunting regulations approved by the commission. Following the presentations, there will be time for questions and answers.

Those interested can view the proposals and provide comment online here.

There may not be a lot of impactful proposed legislation, but it's good to know before you go.

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