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News from Program Manager Stephanie Gillin, CSKT Information & Education

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes announce the availability of the March 1, 2024, to Feb.28, 2025, Hunting, Fishing and Recreation Regulations for CSKT members proposed changes. The Tribal Council welcomes comments from the public on these draft regulations. Please contact the Permit office for a full set of 2024-2025 proposed Hunting, Fishing and Recreation Regulations for members and the annual supplemental booklets.

Regulation proposals include provisions to minimize the spread of wildlife diseases and the spread of aquatic invasive species. These include a season on American Bullfrogs, restrictions for Lick Cave to minimize the potential spread of white nose syndrome to bats, aquatic invasive species prevention and chronic wasting disease reporting. 

Fisheries proposals, include trout harvest changes for the Jocko and Flathead River, floatation restrictions on Safe Harbor Marsh, updates to the lake trout fish consumption chart.  

Elk hunting in the Ferry Basin Wildlife Management Unit, Bighorn Sheep Hunting in the Little Money (Camas) Wildlife Management Unit, Moose Hunting, and Off-Reservation Wild Bison Hunting will be summarized in the 44D Member Regulations and specific information will be available in the annual supplemental booklets handed out with permits. 

Proposed changes to these supplemental annual season and trapping regulations include updated season dates for Bighorn Sheep, Ferry Basin bull elk, and wolf. Moose harvest regulations will include designating a hunting season and implementing a harvest quota to address significantly declining populations on the reservation and throughout the Region. Additional big game clarifications are proposed.  Annual hunting season updates for Big game, wolves, and waterfowl.   

Recreation proposals include language on the safe discharge of firearms, pyrotechnics, Bison Range entrance fee clarification, and proper internment of human remains on Tribal lands.    

We ask that all comments be submitted via letter or email, no later than 5:30pm on March 1, 2024.  There will be an in-person public comment period from 4:00-5:00pm on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at the CSKT Permit office, 406 Sixth Ave. E, Polson, MT 59860.

Written comments can be summited by letter to P.O. Box 278, Pablo, MT 59855 or via email to Amanda Bourdon, DFWRC Permit Agent at: or or Stephanie Gillin, DFWRC Information & Education Program Manager at   


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