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Fri Sep 27 00:00:00 MDT 1996

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4, at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters in Helena.

Thursday's meeting, scheduled to convene at 9 a.m., will be a work session at which Commissioners and FWP officials will, among other business, be continuing a discussion and review of the state wildlife agency's proposed biennial operations and capital budget request for fiscal years 1998 and 1999 that will be submitted to the 1997 Montana Legislature for its approval. The public is welcome to attend the work session, although no formal action will be taken. The Commission will be asked to approve the proposed budget request at its meeting on Friday, October 4.

Also on the agenda for Friday's meeting, which begins at 8 a.m., is the adoption of final 1997 big game hunting seasons and regulations and framework dates for 1998 big game seasons, as well as the adoption of a tentative nonresident Big Game and Deer Combination License annual rule that would establish the fees that nonresidents will pay for those combination licenses in 1997. Also on the agenda are final action on a petition to close a portion of Big Sheep Creek near Dell in southwestern Montana to recreational use under the auspices of the state's stream access law and adoption of an annual rule establishing user fees for state parks during 1997.

The public is welcome to attend.