FWP proposes changes to dog training rules, public hearings sche - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

FWP proposes changes to dog training rules, public hearings scheduled

Posted: Updated:
HELENA, Mont. -

To minimize the impacts of dog training operations on nesting upland gamebirds and waterfowl, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing new requirements for trainers.

Currently, statute requires written permission by the FWP director to train dogs within one mile of nesting gamebirds. However, the agency has never had any adequate way to enforce the rule or a system for trainers to obtain permission.

The need to address the rule was of great concern to bird hunters and as a result the Fish and Wildlife Commission directed the agency to look at the problem. 

The proposed revision would allow people to train dogs within one mile of nesting gamebirds if gamebirds are not killed or captured during the training and if the trainer is not training more than four dogs between April 1 and Aug. 31. Training more than four dogs would be allowed without a permit between Sept. 1 and March 31.

In past years, large-scale dog training operations have started operating in the eastern parts of the state. These operations often work with up to 60 dogs with trainers on horseback. This kind of intense activity can have negative effects on bird populations, displace gamebirds and decrease hunting opportunities during the season.

Public hearings on the proposed rule changes will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 4 headquarters at 4600 Giant Springs Rd., Great Falls.
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 5 headquarters at 2300 Lake Elmo Dr., Billings
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 6 headquarters at 54078 Hwy. 2 West, Glasgow
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 7 headquarters at 352 I-94 Business Loop, Miles City
  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at FWP headquarters at 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena
  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 1 headquarters at 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell
  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 2 headquarters at 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula
  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at FWP Region 3 headquarters at 1400 S. 19th Ave., Bozeman

The department will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the department no later than Sept. 22, 2017, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Kaedy Gangstad, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; telephone (406) 444-4594; or e-mail kgangstad@mt.gov.

Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed action in writing to: Enforcement Division, Attn: Mike Lee, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; or e-mail FWPDogTraining@mt.gov, and must be received no later than Oct. 13.

  • LocalMore>>

  • State of the art firearm training technology comes to Billings

    State of the art firearm training technology comes to Billings

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:40:57 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:40:57 GMT

    A local gun range brings state of the art technology to Billings in an effort to help better train those new to firearms and even seasoned veterans. 

    A local gun range brings state of the art technology to Billings in an effort to help better train those new to firearms and even seasoned veterans. 

  • Bad Breath, Bleeding Gums & Dental Problems

    Bad Breath, Bleeding Gums & Dental Problems

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:45 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:45:29 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:51 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:51:56 GMT

    Bad breath and bleeding gums are warning signs of a possibly unhealthy mouth.

    Bad breath and bleeding gums are warning signs of a possibly unhealthy mouth.

  • West Fork Trail at Camp Senia closed due to carcass found nearby

    West Fork Trail at Camp Senia closed due to carcass found nearby

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:48 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:48:03 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:50 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:50:06 GMT

    Now that winter is over, many animals have come out of hibernation - including bears.

    Now that winter is over, many animals have come out of hibernation - including bears.

  • MontanaMore>>

  • Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces?

    Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces?

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:02:12 GMT

    In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

    In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

  • MSU creates new device to battle invasive fish in Yellowstone Lake

    MSU creates new device to battle invasive fish in Yellowstone Lake

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:19 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:19:36 GMT

    MSU has created a new device that could help in Yellowstone’s fight against an invasive fish. 

    MSU has created a new device that could help in Yellowstone’s fight against an invasive fish. 

  • Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD

    Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:07:17 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:02:51 GMT

    The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

    The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

  • Four people missing after vehicle overturns in the Selway

    Four people missing after vehicle overturns in the Selway

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:32:03 GMT

    Crews in Montana and Idaho are looking for four people who have not been seen since their vehicle turned over into the Selway River Monday morning.  

    Crews in Montana and Idaho are looking for four people who have not been seen since their vehicle turned over into the Selway River Monday morning.  

  • Plane crash blocks eastbound lanes on I-90 at Lookout Pass

    Plane crash blocks eastbound lanes on I-90 at Lookout Pass

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:06:22 GMT

    An accident is blocking the eastbound lanes on I-90 at Lookout Pass, just half a mile east of the border with Idaho. Authorities reported the accident at 3:16 PM Tuesday. Drivers are warned to expect delays and reduced speeds.

    An accident is blocking the eastbound lanes on I-90 at Lookout Pass, just half a mile east of the border with Idaho. Authorities reported the accident at 3:16 PM Tuesday. Drivers are warned to expect delays and reduced speeds.

  • Stranger Leaves Waitress $3,000 Tip

    Stranger Leaves Waitress $3,000 Tip

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:01:59 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:01:59 GMT

    Bozeman shared some of the tip with co-workers, but plans on putting the rest towards home improvement projects, spoiling her seven grandchildren and taking a trip to Ireland.

    Bozeman shared some of the tip with co-workers, but plans on putting the rest towards home improvement projects, spoiling her seven grandchildren and taking a trip to Ireland.

  • Charter Spectrum in Billings addresses layoffs

    Charter Spectrum in Billings addresses layoffs

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:53:23 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-05-23 00:03:05 GMT

    According to Charter's Senior Director Communications of the Northwest Region, Bret Picciolo, the call center in Billings will no longer be handling video repair calls and employees in that specific function were affected by today's decision.

    According to Charter's Senior Director Communications of the Northwest Region, Bret Picciolo, the call center in Billings will no longer be handling video repair calls and employees in that specific function were affected by today's decision.

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.