At its May 30 meeting in Helena, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission set tentative deer, elk and antelope license and permit quotas for this fall's hunting seasons. Public comment is now being accepted on those proposed quotas, which are scheduled to be adopted in final form at the Commission's August 8 meeting in Helena.
In general, the proposed quotas represent major reductions in the numbers of licenses and permits that would be offered for both antlerless white-tailed deer and mule deer in Montana this fall.
Although not all antelope recommendations have been submitted yet, antelope licenses also would be decreased under the proposals, especially in FWP administrative regions 4, 5 and 6, to reflect lower numbers of pronghorns in those areas. The population surveys on which final quota recommendations will be based will not be completed until late in July.
The numbers of special elk permits available this fall would remain basically the same as in 1996 under the proposals, with an increased number of permits proposed for some areas and a decreased number for others.
Copies of the complete tentative quotas are available from the Wildlife Division, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or by calling 444-2612. Persons wishing to comment in writing may do so by July 25, 1997.