The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Thursday and Friday, February 5 and 6, in Helena.
On the agenda for Thursday's meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the FWP headquarters building at 1420 East Sixth Ave., is final action on an FWP proposal to purchase a conservation easement on over 12,900 acres of the Grady properties 25 miles northwest of Helena. Commissioners also will adopt final rule changes for floating the popular Smith River southwest of Great Falls this spring and summer.
A Commission work session with FWP staff on several issues will commence at 1 p.m. No formal action is scheduled during work sessions.
On Friday, February 6, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Colonial Park Inn, the Commission will establish final hunting regulations and season types for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, antelope, mountain lions, black bears and upland game birds, including wild turkeys, for the 1998-99 biennium. Final deer and elk season types and regulations for 1998 also will be set. In addition, Commissioners will consider adopting a policy for future deer management and approval of FWP's deer management objectives and hunting regulation strategies.
Also on the agenda for Friday is the adoption of 1998 spring turkey harvest quotas, as well as the adoption of final regional harvest quotas for hunts that may be conducted if necessary later this winter to reduce game damage problems.
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.