From CSKT Natural Resources Department 

POLSON — The Flathead Reservation Fish & Wildlife Board and CSKT Tribal Council are looking for public input on proposed changes to the 2020-2021 Fishing, Bird Hunting and Recreation Regulations. 

The proposed changes to the Fishing Regulations are as follows:

Current language:

 Section 2. Standard Fishing and Possession Limits

A. Daily Creel Limit:

• Bass: (Large and Smallmouth) 5 fish in combination. (but see exception at Part II, Section 3G for reservoirs).

Proposed Changes: 

• Largemouth Bass: 5 fish (but see exception at Part II, Section 3G for reservoirs).

• Smallmouth Bass: unlimited (but see exception at Part II, Section 3H for Flathead Lake).

The proposed changes to the Wildlife Regulations are as follows:

Current Language:

Section 1. Standard Reservation-wide Pheasant, Gray Partridge, Eurasian Collared Dove and Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Regulations.

E. Means of Taking:

• For all permitted upland and migratory waterfowl species, only shotguns not larger than 10 gauge incapable of holding more than three shells are considered legal firearms. Only federally-approved non-toxic shotshell shot types legal for use in shotguns for migratory bird and upland gamebird hunting on the Reservation are allowed. Lead shot is prohibited for bird hunting. Only federally–approved non-toxic shot, including steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron, tungsten-matrix, tungsten-nickel-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin-bismuth and tungsten-tin-iron, and tungsten-iron-copper is legal for use on the Reservation.

Proposed Changes:

• For all permitted upland and migratory waterfowl species, only shotguns not larger than 10 gauge incapable of holding more than three shells are considered legal firearms. Only federally-approved non-toxic shotshell shot types, including steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-bronze, tungsten-iron, tungsten-matrix, tungsten-nickel-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-tin-bismuth and tungsten-tin-iron, and tungsten-iron-copper are legal for use in shotguns for migratory bird and upland gamebird hunting on the Reservation are allowed. Lead shot is prohibited for bird hunting. You may possess only non-toxic shot while in the field hunting birds on the Reservation. 

The Division of Fish, Wildlife Recreation and Conservation will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 2 at 4:30 pm at the Division office at 406 6th Avenue East in Polson, Montana. Written comments on the proposed changes may also be sent to Mr. Craig Morigeau, Flathead Indian Reservation Fish and Wildlife Advisory Board Chair, 406 6th Avenue East, Polson, Montana, 59860. Comments will be accepted if post marked no later than Monday, December 2. Any person who desires to present oral comment may do so at the public hearing.

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