Applications from hunters hoping to obtain tundra swan permits for the 1997 season must be postmarked by Friday, September 5.
In the Pacific Flyway, which includes Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area -- 500 permits are being offered for swan hunting in Cascade, Chouteau, Toole, Liberty, Hill and portions of Teton and Pondera counties. Final season dates will be set in September. These permits are tentatively set to be valid from October 18 through December 1. An additional 500 permits will be issued for use anywhere in the Central Flyway, with the tentative swan season slated to run from October 4 through January 4, 1998.
Applications are available at all FWP offices. Completed application forms and a $3 drawing fee must be sent to: License Section, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 1420 East Sixth Avenue, PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701. For information, call (406) 444-2662.
In lieu of an official application form, prospective hunters can submit their name, address, date of birth, 1997 Conservation License number, signature and an indication of the flyway for which they are requesting a permit on a plain piece of paper to the above address along with a $3 drawing fee.
This year, hunters may apply for a swan permit in both the Pacific and Central flyways. Applicants must use a separate form for each flyway application and must include the $3 drawing fee required for a permit in each flyway.