The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet on Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12, at the FWP headquarters in Helena.
On the agenda for the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday and continue at 8 a.m. on Friday, is the adoption of tentative 1998-99 biennial seasons, regulations and quotas for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, antelope, mountain lions and black bears, as well as tentative seasons, regulations and quotas for elk and deer in 1998. Commissioners also will adopt tentative seasons, regulations and quotas for upland game birds and wild turkey for the 1998-99 biennium. On Thursday at 9 a.m., Commissioners will discuss several statewide hunting policies including the use of electronic technology, choice-of-weapon season, etc. Among other business, the Commission is scheduled to make a decision on the management plan prepared by FWP for Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, tentatively adopt FWP's management plan changes for the popular Smith River southwest of Great Falls and adopt the annual rule that will set the prices for nonresident Big Game and Deer Combination Licenses in 1998.
The Commission also will be asked to take action on several FWP lands-related topics, including FWP's proposal to purchase conservation easements on the Hirschy property near Dillon and the Reinoehl property near Ovando.
The public is welcome to attend. The FWP Commission makes every effort to ensure that its meetings are held at facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend this meeting and will need other special facilities or accommodations relating to a disability, please contact Patty Dumas at 444-7826.