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1998 Hunting Regulation Changes Adopted
Friday, May 22, 1998
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This news release was archived on Monday, July 1, 2002

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission on May 8 adopted the following changes to deer and elk hunting regulations for 1998:

Deer:

  • Special Youth Deer Hunt--100 series hunting districts CHANGE: The 200 special permits available for youths 12-14 years of age through drawings (40 permits each) in Kalispell, Eureka, Polson, Libby and Thompson Falls will be valid for taking antlerless deer of either species (not just antlerless whitetails). (Refer to page 25 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)
  • Special Youth Deer Hunt--200 series hunting districts CHANGE: The 200 special permits available for youths 12-14 years of age through drawings (50 permits each) in Hamilton, Missoula, Deer Lodge and Lincoln will be valid for taking antlerless deer of either species (not just antlerless whitetails). (Refer to page 30 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)
  • Hunting Districts 380 and 391 CHANGE: Single region antlerless white-tailed deer licenses purchased for use in REGION 3 will not be valid for hunting on that portion of Hunting Districts 380 and 391 comprising the Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area. The district boundary for H.D. 391 was realigned in 1998 and now includes a portion of the WMA. (Refer to page 19 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)
  • Hunting District 445 CHANGE: The special drawing to be held for this district as part of the June 1 special license and permit drawings will be for 200 "Deer B" licenses (not special permits) for antlerless mule deer. (Refer to page 44 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)

Elk:

  • Hunting District 302 CHANGE: The 400 special permits to be issued for this district (302-00) through the June 1 special license and permit drawings will be valid for "brow-tined bull" (not either-sex elk) or antlerless elk from Oct. 25 - Nov. 29, and antlerless elk only from Nov. 30 - Dec. 6. (Refer to page 31 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)
  • Hunting District 312 CHANGE: The opening date of the general season for brow-tined bull elk north of Flathead Pass is Oct. 25 (not Nov. 2). ---AND--- CHANGE: The 200 special permits to be issued for this district (312-00) through the June 1 special license and permit drawings for brow-tined bull or antlerless elk will be valid from Oct. 25 - Nov. 22. They will not be valid from Nov. 23 - Nov. 29 north of Flathead Pass, because that portion of the hunting district already is slated for "antlerless elk only" hunting during the Nov. 23 - Nov. 29 portion of the general season. (Refer to page 32 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)
  • Hunting District 315 CHANGE: The 300 special permits to be issued for this district (315-01) through the June 1 special license and permit drawings will be valid for either-sex elk form Oct. 25 - Nov. 29 AND "antlerless elk only" from Nov. 30- Dec. 13 ( not either-sex elk from Oct. 25 - Dec. 13). (Refer to page 32 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)
  • Hunting District 393 CHANGE: The 175 special permits to be issued for this district (393-01) through the June 1 special license and permit drawings for brow-tined bull or antlerless elk will be valid from Oct. 25 - Nov. 22. They will NOT be valid from Nov. 23 - Nov. 29 in that portion of the district north of Flathead Pass, Flathead Creek Road and Bracket Creek Road, because that portion of the hunting district already is slated for "antlerless elk only" hunting during the Nov. 23 - Nov. 29 portion of the general season. (Refer to page 39 of the 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations.)

Printed addendums to 1998 regulations will be available at all FWP offices and license agents statewide by May 20.