The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is now accepting public comments on the rules it follows in selecting conservation organizations to auction the bighorn sheep and moose licenses FWP offers each year.
The legislation that created the auction licenses gives Commissioners the rule-making authority to "select a method of auction which the Commission perceives will best maximize the revenue generated" for management of Montana's bighorn sheep and moose populations.
In adopting tentative rules for auctioning off the 1999 bighorn sheep and moose licenses, Commissioners have authorized FWP to consider auction proposals from wildlife conservation organizations concerned with the management of bighorn sheep and moose. Previous experience in conducting auctions of this type is a consideration.
The Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS) has conducted the annual bighorn sheep license auction since its inception in 1986, while the Montana Chapter of Safari Club International, FNAWS, the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation each have conducted the moose license auction since the first license was offered in 1988. Organizations conducting the auctions can retain up to 10 percent of the revenue generated to cover administrative costs of the auction.
Copies of the tentative rule on which public comment now is sought are available from FWP's Wildlife Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Comments on the proposed rules will be accepted at the same address through May 27.