Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks appointed 10 individuals to serve on a working group charged with reaching consensus on objectives and recommendations for elk archery hunting regulation alternatives. The FWP Commission represents the final decision authority for hunting regulations.

The working group will examine elk management and elk archery regulations in several north-central Montana hunting districts, including most of the Missouri Breaks. 22 other elk hunting districts are also included.

The Elk Working Group members are: Henry Bedford, Roundup; Jack Billingsley, Glasgow; Ed Bukoskey, Rosebud; Ray Gross, Dillon; Art Hayes, Birney; Bill McKinley, Conrad; Rick Miller, Colstrip; Jason Tounsley, Billing; Terry Stiles, Malta; and Doug Krings, Lewistown. An FWP representative will also participate. Their first meeting is set for July 25-26 at the FWP area office in Lewistown.

In forming the working group, FWP called for nominations by individuals willing to support a model of conservation that incorporates different stakeholder values and results in effective elk management. They will attend to crowding, equity, consistency, effective population management and other issues of concern.

Applicants were assessed on the perspective and experience they represent and for their willingness and ability to respectfully engage in a structured decision-making process.
Working members were appointed by FWP Director Joe Maurier in consultation with the FWP Commission. They will participate in at least four facilitated meetings through October. The individual meetings are open for the public to observe but are dedicated to the work group’s efforts and will not include public comment.

Public comment will be entertained as the Commission considers recommendations during the biennial season setting process.