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Our National Mammal’s Scorecard for the 2023 Montana Legislature: buffalo chips!

The 2023 Montana legislative session is over.

HB 522 defeated: a bill to preferentially allocate an additional 15% of Montana-issued tags to a class of private landowners and corporations for hunting buffalo on private lands.

SJ 14 passed: a resolution expressing Montana legislator’s opposition to reintroducing buffalo to the 1.1 million acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, a National public trust.

Thank you to everyone for contacting elected officials and advocating for our country’s last wild buffalo. We’ll be back for the next legislative session in January 2025.


Contact Governor Greg Gianforte

    By mail:
    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 200801
    Helena MT 59620-0801

    By phone:
    Toll Free: 855-318-1330
    FAX: 406-444-5529

    By email:
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    Website form:

    Send A Message To Montana Legislators

      Send your comment to a legislator or committee online:

      Call and leave your message for up to 5 legislators and a committee with the Information Desk:
      (406) 444-4800

      Mail your comment:
      Montana State Legislature
      State Capitol
      PO Box 201706
      Helena, MT 59620-1706

      Guide to Commenting on Bills


        Guide to commenting on bills.

        • Be brief and clear, write to the point.
        • The most persuasive writing is in your own words.
        • BFC's talking points can be used in your comments.
        • For guidance on addressing/commenting to legislators, review BFC’s comments.
        • Send your comments by 12 noon one day before scheduled committee hearings or floor votes. Give legislators time to consider your comments.

        Are you ready to send your comments?

        • Montana’s web form permits comments from anyone in the United States.
        • You can send your comments to a Committee or Legislator.
        • Complete the required data fields (*asterisk*).
        • Select Send Message to a Legislator or a Committee.
        • Select the Bill Type (HB-House Bill or SB-Senate Bill) and enter the Number.
        • Select For or Against.
        • Enter your comments in the Message (limit of 1250 characters).
        • Check for accuracy.
        • Click on Send Message

        You did it! Thank you for taking action in support of protecting wild buffalo in Montana!

        Request to Testify Remotely by Zoom


          • Click on Request To Testify Remotely/Upload Your Testimony.
          • Complete the form.
          • Click on Yes to join the Zoom meeting.
          • Click on Submit.
          • You will receive a confirmation by email with information on how to participate in the Zoom meeting.
          • To be eligible to testify remotely, complete your request and send it no later than 5PM (MST) the day before the hearing is scheduled.
          • Once you are Zoomed into the hearing, follow the directions. When your bill is ready to be heard, raise your virtual hand to let the committee know you want to speak.
          • If you provide written comments along with your request to testify remotely, use your testimony by Zoom to say something more or new to what you have already shared in writing with the committee. Prepare ahead of time to speak briefly (1 to 3 minutes).