The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has drafted rules that implement and clarify Montana Code 87-6-221 that allows urine based scents that are obtained from a deer protection program with rigorous safeguards to be used in the state.  The rule recognizes that products certified by the Responsible Hunting Scent Association (RHSA) and feature their Deer Protection Program ™ logo.  The RHSA is encouraging hunters and outdoor retailers to support the rule.

“The Montana Legislature was the first in the nation in adopting urine-based scent standards in 2017, before CWD had been detected in the state,” said Sam Burgeson, President of RHSA.  “These rules clarify which products meet the standards and will simplify enforcement for everyone.”

The RHSA evaluates scent collection facilities and manufacturers, and those in compliance with the Deer Protection Program are granted authority to place the DPP Checkmark logo on their packaging.  Under the rule, products with the DPP Checkmark will be legal for use by hunters.  The Deer Protection Program is an array of biosecurity protocols that are the best practices for preventing CWD exposure.

The Commission hearing will be conducted virtually via Zoom. For information on participating in the hearing, visit the Fish and Wildlife Commission page. Public comment will be accepted during the hearing. Written comment can be submitted to: Wildlife Division, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Montana, 59620-0701; or emailed to [email protected]. Written comment must be received no later than May 14.

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