The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission set tentative deer, elk and antelope harvest quotas for the 1998 hunting seasons at its May 29 meeting in Helena.
To summarize the tentative quotas:
Deer-- Hunters again will notice some reductions from the levels of recent years in tentative quotas for deer, especially mule deer, this fall. Proposed quotas for 1998 include even further reductions in antlerless mule deer B licenses in addition to those proposed earlier this year.
Elk-- The FWP Commission adopted tentative quotas that will increase the numbers of special elk permits available in several western and central Montana locations. In southwestern Montana, many hunting districts have tentatively been assigned special elk permits valid for brow-tined bulls as well as antlerless elk. Hunters should refer to 1998 Deer/Elk Big Game Hunting Regulations for details regarding individual hunting districts.
Antelope-- In general, hunters will notice a reduction in the number of antelope licenses available compared to previous years. Once again, over-the-counter, multi-region doe/fawn antelope licenses would not be offered for sale anywhere in the state.
Public comments on the 1998 proposed quotas will be accepted through July 17. Comments should be sent to the Wildlife Division, FWP, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Final 1998 quotas are scheduled for adoption at the Commission's August meeting.