Friday, February 14, 1997Hunters headed to license agents to purchase new hunting and fishing licenses for 1997 should note that the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has adopted the following special regulation regarding the hunting of deer in 1997:
- Beginning in 1997, hunters who desire to hunt buck mule deer in all of Region 2 and most of Region 3 in southwestern Montana MUST select one specific group of hunting districts (from a total of eight groups of hunting districts available) within those regions in which to hunt. If a hunter chooses this option (to select one specific group of districts in southwest Montana in which to hunt mule deer bucks), he or she may NOT hunt buck mule deer anywhere else in the state. These restrictions will not affect hunting during the archery-only season or the hunting of white-tailed deer during any season. Hunters who choose not to select this option MAY NOT hunt buck mule deer within these groups of districts in southwestern Montana.
- Two different Deer A licenses will be available for deer hunting in Montana in 1997: one is for hunting in those groups of hunting districts in southwestern Montana mentioned above; the other is for hunting elsewhere in the state. Hunters may purchase only one Deer A license.
- A Deer A license purchased for hunting in any of the eight groups of hunting districts in southwestern Montana MUST BE VALIDATED for an individual group of districts at the time the license is purchased. FWP will reissue another license to hunters who mistakenly purchase the wrong license if the hunter requests the change by October 15, 1997. Hunters wishing to obtain a different license must submit the Deer A license purchased in error to the Licensing Section, FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.