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Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold regular meeting Dec. 7

Commission

Wed Nov 29 10:21:38 MST 2017

When the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission hold their bi-monthly meeting Dec. 7 at Montana WILD in Helena the commission will consider a variety of topics including the new fishing access sites, biennial hunting season proposals and a chronic wasting disease special hunt.

Different than in past recent years, the commission will now consider wolf season changes during the biennial season setting process. This is a change from the past where wolf season changes and structure were considered annually in the spring.  No season or quota changes for wolves are proposed.

The commission meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The commission will make a final decision on the following items:

  • Donation of property from Carbon County for development as a Fishing Access Site
  • Captain Clark Fishing Access Site road acquisition
  • West Fork Bitterroot River recreational rules restricting commercial and non-commercial use
  • West Kootenai Wildlife Management Area salvage logging project
  • Timber Gulch right of way access easement
  • Bridger special chronic wasting disease hunt

The commission will consider endorsing the following projects:

  • Fishing Access Site acquisition on Beaverhead River at Selway Bridge
  • Fishing Access Site acquisition on Prickly Pear Creek near Clancy
  • Fishing Access Site acquisition on the Yellowstone River near Columbus
  • Montana Department of Transportation property exchange for bridge replacement at the Varney Bridge Fishing Access Site

The commission will consider the following proposals to be release for public comment:

  • Fishing regulation proposed changes – Newlan Creek Reservoir kokanee salmon snagging season and Canyon Ferry Reservoir walleye harvest
  • Criteria for Exception on Ban on Ungulate Urine from Chronic Wasting Disease Positive States (per SB173)
  • 2018/2019 Helena urban deer plan quota ranges and quota
  • 2018/2019 deer hunting seasons and hunting district boundaries
  • Expansion of youth deer hunt
  • 2018/2019 elk hunting seasons and hunting district boundaries
  • 2018/2019 antelope hunting seasons and hunting district boundaries
  • 2018/2019 moose/sheep/goat/bison hunting seasons and hunting district boundaries 2018/2019 black bear/mountain lion/wolf hunting seasons and hunting district boundaries
  • 2018/2019 biennial quota ranges
  • 2018/2019 turkey/upland game bird/migratory bird regulations and quotas
  • 2018/2019 hunting district boundaries
  • 2018/2019 hunting season dates
  • 2018/2019 game damage/management season/wildlife health/chronic wasting disease hunts quota authorizations.

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

For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; under “Quick Links” click "Commission.” 

FWP's website offers live streamed audio of each F&W commission meeting. The public can also view a live television feed of the meeting at all FWP regional offices.

Montana WILD is located at 2668 Broadwater, in Helena.