The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is currently seeking nominations of persons to serve on an advisory council that will review options developed by Fish, Wildlife & Parks for restructuring the states Nonresident Big Game Combination License.
The restructuring was authorized by the 1997 Legislature, through passage of Senate Bill 394, to benefit the management of deer in the state. The 17,000 Nonresident Big Game Combination Licenses allocated annually, which offer nonresidents their only opportunity to hunt elk in Montana, also presently include deer licenses. Council members will advise FWP in charting the appropriate future direction for the use of those licenses in helping to better manage Montanas mule deer and white-tailed deer resources.
Patrick Graham, FWP director, explained that the council needs to be formed by late May so that its recommendations can be used next fall in setting big game hunting regulations for the 1998-99 biennium. Interested persons or their nominees should have an interest in or exhibit a tie to hunting, the outfitting industry or ranching in Montana, he said.
Nominations for the council should be submitted by May 20 to Graham at FWPs Helena Headquarters, 1420 E. 6th Ave., P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Those submitting nominations are asked to include a statement describing why the respondent or nominee would be interested in serving on the council.
The first meeting of the new council is scheduled for June in Helena.