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Fri Oct 26 00:00:00 MDT 2001

     Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Thursday, November 8 in Helena at the FWP headquarters building on 1420 East Sixth Ave., beginning at 8 a.m. 

During the meeting, final decisions will be made on the 2002 Annual Rule for the sale of Nonresident Combination Licenses, and on proposed revisions that clarify aspects of the Bonus Point System announced in 2001 related to the annual special license drawings.  Other final decisions scheduled are:

  • Whether to require mandatory bear identification training and testing for black bear hunters;
  • The 2002-2003 Fishing Regulations;
  • The Biennial Fee Rule that sets fees for Montana State Parks;
  • Acquisition of the Hookham Fishing Access Site, approximately 53.5 acres on Big Creek and Sunnybrook Springs in Park County, south of Livingston; 
  • Acceptance of a donation of 320 acres of land in Chouteau County in FWP Region 4 that may be used as an asset in future land trades; and
  • A fishing closure on a section of Darlinton Ditch at the Cobblestone FAS.  Darlinton Ditch is a tributary of the Madison River near Three Forks.   
  • A tentative decision will be made on winter angling closures on Bean and Bynum Lakes.  Low water and insufficient dissolved oxygen in the water are endangering the fish so aeration devices have been installed to try to minimize a potential winterkill of the walleye fishery in Bynum Reservoir and the rainbow trout fishery in Bean Lake. 

    The aeration, which causes unsafe ice conditions, makes the closure necessary. A tentative decision will also be made on the 2002 Commercial Fishing Regulations.

    A number of informational items will round out the agenda, including a possible land acquisition adjacent to Lone Pine State Park in FWP Region 1, and a possible land acquisition adjacent to the new Traveler’s Rest State Park site in FWP Region 2.  Two petitions for rule changes on Blanchard and Sophie Lakes in Northwestern Montana will be submitted.

     The full agenda for the November 8 FWP Commission meeting can be found on the FWP web site at