The Commission:

  • Name: Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 7
  • Term length: 4 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes
  • Selection criteria per statute

At least one member must be experienced in the breeding and management of domestic livestock. The governor shall appoint one member for each of the administrative regions of the department of fish, wildlife, and parks…Appointments must be made without regard to political affiliation and must be made solely for the wise management of fish, wildlife, and related recreational resources of this state. A person may not be appointed to the commission unless the person is informed or interested and experienced in the subject of fish, wildlife, and recreation and the requirements for the conservation and protection of fish, wildlife, and recreational resources.”

“The Commission sets fish and wildlife regulations, approves property acquisitions, and approves certain rules and activities of the Department as provided by statute.”

The Agency:

  • Name: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency website:

“Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, through its employees and citizen commission and board, provides for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.”


Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report