Montana Migratory (waterfowl) regulations to be set

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  1. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    The final regulations for 2019-2020 will be set April 25. Here are the proposed recommendations.
    http://fwp.mt.gov/doingBusiness/ins...tings/agenda.html?coversheet&topicId=47188002

    Agenda for the meeting..
    http://fwp.mt.gov/doingBusiness/insideFwp/commission/meetings/agenda.html?meetingId=47187934
     
  2. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Wow. Setting seasons early. Is that because the Feds are putting down frameworks in two year increments now?
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    They started this a year or two back. The new normal.

    Actually, we are behind schedule. I have seen lots of other States already set.
     
  4. thunderfromdownunder

    thunderfromdownunder Senior Refuge Member

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    no it’s because that’s how they feel. Time for new waterfowl biologists in the Mt fWP. Very outdated
     
  5. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    Pretty negative, and unfounded. As I said, this is a National system.

    Not long after the season ends, most waterfowl hunters are already thinking about the next one. Over the ensuing months, they check out winter snow cover on the prairies, waterfowl population and habitat surveys, and summer wetland conditions. Finally, sometime in late summer, comes the announcement of waterfowl hunting regulations, which include season frameworks and daily bag limits in each flyway. Only then can waterfowl hunters make their plans for the upcoming season.
    That's about to change.
    Beginning with the 2016-2017 waterfowl season, federal regulations determining season lengths, bag limits, and other migratory bird hunting rules will be decided about three months earlier than in the past. As a result, waterfowl hunters will be able to plan for next season well before the first flights venture down the flyways.
    What will not change are the long-standing efforts to track harvest, habitat, and bird numbers. The annual administrative process will continue to provide opportunities for public comment, and the new schedule will allow more time for that input. States will continue to provide specific recommendations for hunting regulations through their representatives on the flyway councils. And all this will occur within the overall framework for migratory bird hunting seasons that has been in place for decades. As directed by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the secretary of the interior has the responsibility to open the season each year to allow hunting of waterfowl and other migratory birds and to establish rules regarding the possession and transportation of these birds and other regulations pertaining to their harvest. That overall mandate remains unchanged.

    https://www.ducks.org/hunting/waterfowl-hunting-tips/plan-early-for-next-years-waterfowl-season

    Process for Setting Hunting Regulations
    Beginning with the 2016-17 hunting seasons, a new schedule was implemented for setting annual migratory bird hunting regulations. The historic early and late season regulatory actions were combined into a single process that establishes migratory bird hunting seasons much earlier than the previous system did. Under the new process, proposed hunting season frameworks for a given year are developed in the fall and winter of the prior year. Those frameworks are finalized in the spring, thereby enabling the state agencies to select and publish their season dates in early summer.

    The change was made to address three primary desires: (1) reduce costs associated with the annual regulations process, (2) establish final regulations earlier in the year to better comply with federal and state administrative processes, and (3) allow states to select and publish their season dates and inform the public earlier to facilitate planning. Assessments conducted by the Division indicated the change in timing would only have minimal impacts on regulatory decisions compared to the prior method.

    https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/regulations/how-regulations-are-set-the-process.php

    You will note, this was a FEDERAL change. Not State.
     
  6. thunderfromdownunder

    thunderfromdownunder Senior Refuge Member

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    Coming from the pacific Flyway I would not bitch either
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    Yea, that extra teal limit early in the season is gonna be great.

    Oh, wait. That is only in the Central Flyway.
     
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    thunderfromdownunder Senior Refuge Member

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    Ya and 25000 mallards bombing goose decoys on Jan 8 makes sense? You’re shooting teal that won’t make the Flyway on the 28 opener
     
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    I just checked and found a press release that Idaho F&G met and set seasons recently, but no details yet on exact dates :doh.
     

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