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Montana proposes changes to deer and elk urine lure rules

Montana proposes changes to deer and elk urine lure rules

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With the continued prevalence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) across the nation, many states are changing rules that apply to the use of deer or elk urine lures for hunting purposes. Next month, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public hearing regarding changes to Montana’s rules for the use of deer or elk urine to mask human odor, according to a press release.

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), here are the three rule changes that will be discussed on May 13 at 9 a.m. MT:

  • The first rule identifies states and provinces with “documented occurrences” of CWD: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming and these Canadian provinces: Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
  • The second rule permits the use of urine that has been approved by the Archery Trade Association and Responsible Hunting Scent Association (RHSA) because those requirements currently meet the standards defined in the Montana statute. This approval must be on the product packaging of any urine lure a hunter intends to use to mask human odor.
  • The third rule clearly outlines how the commission will approve urine-based and natural glandular scents for use by hunters. These requirements include not originating from a state identified in the first rule and product packaging labeling as identified in the second rule.

In Montana, artificial scents and RHSA-approved natural glandular scents are allowed for use in attracting game animals except for black bears. 

If you are interested in participating in the hearing, you can go here for more information. MFWP is also collecting public comments by email through May 14 at fwpwld@mt.gov

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