Monday, January 11, 1999Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposed late antlerless elk season in a portion of the East Fork of the Bitterroot River, in Hunting District 270 in southwestern Montana.
The purpose of the hunt is to harvest migratory elk that were not available during the general season. Mild weather during the past two hunting seasons has resulted in low elk harvests in this area, and FWP wildlife biologists are concerned about excessive forage use on winter ranges.
Hunters with vaild 1998 A-7 elk licenses for Hunting District 270-02 will be allowed to participate. Prospective hunters will be contacted by mail. The largest increase in elk has occurred in that portion of Hunting District 270-02 that is north of the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. Hunting will only be allowed in this portion of the district. Proposed dates for the season are February 5-7 and February 12-14.
To comment write to: East Fork Late Season, FWP Region 2, 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT 59804. Or call 406-542-5500. The deadline for public comment is Jan. 31.