The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted tentative 1998 hunting regulations and season dates for "webless" migratory game birds at its May 8 meeting in Helena. Public comment is now being sought on the proposals.
Montana's webless migratory game birds--mourning doves, common snipe and sandhill cranes--previously were treated like other upland game birds in the process of setting regulations and seasons, which took place biennially. But because the status of these birds will now be that of migratory birds on a national basis, they will be treated like ducks, geese and other migratory waterfowl, for which regulations and seasons are set on an annual basis.
The regulations proposed for 1998 are the same as those in place during 1996-97. Proposed season dates for the individual species in 1998 are as follows:
Mourning dove--September 1-October 30, 1998 Common (Wilson's) snipe--September 1-December 16, 1998 Sandhill crane--(Pacific Flyway) September 12-13 and September 19-20, 1998 (Central Flyway) October 3-November 29, 1998
Complete copies of the tentative regulations are available from FWP's Wildlife Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or by calling 406-444-2612. Comments on the proposed regulations should be sent to the above address by May 27.