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Fish & Wildlife Commission To Meet In Helena Feb. 11

Commission

Friday, February 05, 2016

Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Montana Wild in Helena. People may listen to the meeting online at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website or view a live television feed of the meeting at any FWP regional headquarters.

During the meeting, commissioners plan to take final action on several issues, including:

  • 2016 and 2017 elk hunting season dates, lengths, quota ranges and structures. Some of the more significant proposed changes include establishment of early and/or late elk shoulder seasons in 43 hunting districts and liberalizing general season opportunities in many elk districts. The season proposals were on the agenda of numerous public meetings throughout Montana in January. Many of the final proposals that will be presented to the commission by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have been modified to reflect more than 700 public comments, both from the meetings and written communications.

  • 2016 and 2017 hunting regulations, season dates, quota ranges and structure for deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bison, black bears, mountain lions, upland game birds and migratory game birds.

  • Expansion of the number of elk hunting districts in western Montana where certain permit holders may hunt from a vehicle.

  • Quota ranges for a Helena urban deer plan.
  • Maximum numbers of deer, elk and antelope that can be harvested during damage hunts, management seasons and wildlife health authorization quotas.
  • A five-year commercial carp fishing permit for Lake Helena and Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

The Commission will address the proposed 2016 early and late season migratory bird seasons and regulations within the new Federal framework for public comment.

The commission also will be asked to endorse FWP’s fish and wildlife budget priorities for the 2017 legislative session. FWP’s enforcement division will ask the commission to amend its exotic wildlife rules to address the proposed classification of Kinkajou/Honey Bear as a controlled species.

Pending is a potential final decision on a proposed channel-migration easement on the Navratil Property on the lower Yellowstone River. The commission will hear its first presentation on the proposed negotiation of water-right lease agreements with willing water users on Deep Creek to legally protect in-stream flow levels.

The full agenda and additional information about each item are online at FWP's website, fwp.mt.gov and follow the link to “Commission.”

FWP ensures its meetings are accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements contact FWP at 406-444-3186.