At its meeting on April 4, the FWP Commission closed bighorn sheep Hunting District 302 (Hilgards), which lies just north of the Madison River in southwestern Montana, to all hunting of bighorn sheep in 1997.
Glenn Erickson, management bureau chief for FWP's Wildlife Division in Helena, said commissioners closed sheep hunting in the district next fall because the population of bighorns there has declined significantly following a major outbreak of pneumonia earlier this winter.
Four either-sex bighorn hunting licenses had been slated to be offered to hunters through FWP's special license and permit drawings this year. HUNTERS--Do not apply for these licenses; licenses will not be offered through the drawings for HD 302.
The deadline for submitting applications to the annual drawing for licenses to hunt moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats is May 1. Applications for elk and special deer permits, as well as antelope and Deer B licenses, is June 1.