The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted tentative 1997 waterfowl regulations at its August 8 meeting in Helena. Public comment is now being sought on the proposals.
Following are some highlights of the proposed regulations:
Ducks:The season in the Pacific Flyway would be from October 4-January 17, 1998. The daily bag limit for ducks in the Pacific Flyway would be seven (7), the same as in 1996, but would be changed to allow up to two (2) female mallards and three (3) pintails in that limit.
In the western (Zone 1) and eastern (Zone 2) portions of the Central Flyway, the season would run from October 4-January 8, 1998. The daily bag limit in both zones would increase to six (6) from five (5) with no more than five (5) being male mallards, two (2) female mallards and three (3) pintails.
Geese:The season in the Pacific Flyway would be October 4-January 11, 1998, and the daily bag limit for dark geese, including Canada geese, would be four (4) and for light geese three (3).
In the Central Flyway, the season would be October 4-January 18, 1998, and the daily bag limit would remain the same as in 1996--four (4) dark geese and five (5) light geese.
New this year is a proposal to conduct a youth duck hunting day on Saturday, September 27. On this day, which coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, legally licensed hunters aged 12 through 15 may hunt ducks, but must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age, who cannot hunt ducks on that day. All bag limits and other regulations set for the 1997 duck season in the area hunted would apply.
Complete copies of the tentative regulations are available from FWP's Wildlife Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or by calling 406-444-2612. Comments on the proposed regulations should be sent to the above address by September 1. The Commission is scheduled to adopt final regulations at its September 4 meeting in Helena.