After receiving the following statement from the Chief of Staff for MT FWP, we will not be reimbursing Montana wolves harvested under SB200.
"After further discussion with Legal staff. FWP does not see wolves taken under SB 200 authority as being eligible for compensation under 87-6-214."
All other legal Montana wolves qualify, with one additional requirement of a photo of yourself with the harvested wolf. (Due to Montana's lack of requiring proof of harvest, we must have a photo of you with your wolf in order to reimburse your expenses for that wolf.) Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of these complications.
2022/2023 season (July 1 - June 30) reimbursement rates
$500 STANDARD RATE PER WOLF PROGRAM WIDE
Increased Montana zones
$750 IN MONTANA REGIONS 1 & 2
Increased Idaho zones
$1000 IN IDAHO UNIT 1
Idaho zones increased by Wolf Control Board and Community Challenge Grant funding
$1000 Your 1st wolf of the season
$1500 Your 2nd wolf and up in Elk Below Objective zones
$2000 Your 2nd wolf and up in Livestock depredation zones
The 2022/2023 Cost share agreement between F4WM and the Idaho Fish and Game, and Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board, as well as a separate cost share agreement between F4WM and the Idaho Fish and Game, have increased reimbursement rates within designated areas.
In effort to prolong the timeline of increased reimbursement amounts generated through the cost-share agreement with IDFG/IWDCB for the 2022-2023 season, F4WM has agreed to reimburse expenses for the first wolf a member harvests within the 46 Units identified by IDFG as priority areas, at the lower rate of $1000 max per wolf. (Community Challenge Grant Funding may cover up to 50% of this expense). The second and all wolves thereafter that an individual harvests within the 27 Units not meeting elk objectives, will be reimbursed at $1500 max. The second and all wolves thereafter harvested by an individual within the 19 units suffering chronic livestock depredation will be reimbursed at $2000 max.
In short (Within below listed qualifying units):
Your 1st wolf: $1000 funded by Community Challenge Grant and f4WM dollars)
Your 2nd wolf and above(funded through cost share agreement):
$1500 in elk below objective units
$2000 in chronic livestock depredation units
Cost share qualifying units include:
$1500 per wolf in Elk below objectives Units
Units 4, 4A, 6, 7, 9, 10, 10A, 12, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17, 19, 20, 20A, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35, 36, 64, 65, 67... as well as Units 22, & 37 (which had chronic wolf-caused livestock depredations in 2016-2020, but did not meet chronic depredation criteria for 2017-2021)
$2000 per wolf in Chronic wolf-caused livestock depredation Units
Units 15, 18, 23, 24, 28, 29, 31, 32, 32A, 33, 36A, 36B, 39, 43, 44, 49, 50, 51, as well as in 62 (Unit 62 qualifies year round for "Hunted" Wolves, but only qualifies for "trapped" wolves Nov 15 to March 31st).
Understanding the wolf harvest expense reimbursement process:
The reimbursement request process is quite simple- to request a reimbursement, follow the detailed steps below:
- The first step is to make certain your membership is current. You must be a member of F4WM prior to harvesting your wolf to qualify for reimbursement. (The exception to this is when IDFG Grant funding is being used for the reimbursement, which requires F4WM to reimburse both members and non-members alike). Please allow 7 days for membership processing. Membership must be approved and processed prior to being eligible for reimbursement. Once your membership is processed, you will be eligible for expense reimbursement when you harvest a wolf.
- Start saving receipts prior to harvesting a wolf- receipts need to be for items purchased in relation to the scouting, hunting, or trapping of wolves. These can include items such as fuel, firearms, ammunition, traps, game cameras, outdoor clothing/gear, license & tag fees, ATV/UTV, 4-wheeler, truck purchase or payments, etc.
- Upon harvesting a wolf, send us a copy of your expense receipts for the amount of the reimbursement, (based on the max allowed for the unit of harvest from the list above) and a copy of your IDFG mortality report (pink slip) or FWP Wolf harvest registration form (request a copy from FWP) proving it was a legal harvest, and what unit the wolf was harvested in. Reimbursement documentation can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to F4WM Po Box 821 Ponderay, ID 83852. You keep the wolf.
Once we receive and verify your reimbursement requests, your check will be mailed within 7 business days. Please direct any questions related to harvest reimbursements to F4WM Treasurer, Teresa Stevens at email@example.com
With the help of your membership or donation, F4WM is able to help hunters and trappers offset high operating costs by reimbursing their out of pocket expenses for each wolf harvested.
Please help us today by joining or renewing your membership! (Auto renew is available)