Joint Board of Fisheries and Game Forms


The Joint Board considers proposed changes to regulations on an as-needed basis. The deadline to submit proposals for the March 2019 Joint Board meeting has passed, but you can download a proposal form (Word doc 54 kB) for detailed instructions on how to write and submit a future proposal, or learn more about the proposal process below.


The Joint Board invites you to share your comments. To help the board better understand your viewpoint, comments should include your name, place of residence, proposal numbers, and clear indication of support or opposition to each proposal. Please read our commenting guidelines and submit comments on the 2018/2019 proposed changes to regulations by Friday, March 7, 2019.

About the Proposal Process

  1. Call for Proposals Issued (PDF 98 kB)

    Each board determines what subjects will be considered at their meetings during the coming year (Joint Board meetings are scheduled on an as-need basis) and then issues a "Call for Proposals" for those subjects, including a deadline for receiving proposals.

  2. Proposal Books Distributed

    After the deadline for receiving proposals has passed, a proposal book is published and distributed statewide for comment.

  3. Public Comment Invited

    The board accepts written public comment on proposals before each meeting. Comments are accepted online, via email, via fax, and by post until two weeks prior to the relevant meeting. These comments are "on-time" and are distributed to the board for review prior to the meeting. This opportunity for advance review facilitates the public process.

    Depending on the meeting, comments may be accepted after the "on-time" deadline, usually only via fax or in person at the meeting site. These are considered "record copies" and are distributed at the meeting. Applicable comment due dates for each meeting can be found on the meeting information page.

    Comments must be no longer than 100 single sided pages, or the equivalent, before the on-time comment deadline; after or at the meeting, 10 single-sided pages or less, unless exceptions are requested by the board.

  4. Board Meeting Held

    At the board meetings, the board hears reports from department staff and comments from the public. The board deliberates each proposal and acts by either adopting, rejecting, or amending proposals. The board meetings are open to the public during the entire process, with the exception of executive sessions which are rare and held only for issues of pending legislation, personnel, or confidential matters.

  5. Regulation Filed

    Adopted or amended proposals are then written into the proper legal format and submitted to the Department of Law for review and sent to the lieutenant governor for filing before becoming effective.

  6. Summary of Actions Distributed

    Staff prepare a written report summarizing the actions taken by the board to explain the reasons for the board’s actions. The reports are distributed to advisory committees and posted on the website.