Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed rules to guide a new hunting license lottery that would enable hunters to buy chances to draw a license for one species—deer, elk, moose, mountain sheep or mountain goat license.
The lottery for the five "super tags" was authorized by the 2005 Montana Legislature after the Private Lands Public Wildlife Council recommended it as a way to help fund the state's hunting access enhancement program and wildlife law enforcement.
Under the proposed rules, hunters would be able to purchase an unlimited number of $5 chances to draw any one of the new tags. A hunter successful in the lottery would receive a license good statewide for that species during the regular hunting season.
Hunters interested in the lottery would need to hold a conservation license to purchase lottery chances. All chances on the deer, elk, moose, mountain sheep and mountain goat licenses will be sold electronically through the automated licensing system at FWP license provider's, FWP regional offices, or over the Internet.
Details on the new rules will is available at FWP's Rule Proposal, Super-Tag Hunting Licenses web page. The public is invited to comment during a meeting Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the FWP headquarters building at 1420 East Sixth Ave.
Comments may also be made through Jan. 19 in writing to: Hank Worsech, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620-0701; or by telephone to: 406-444-2663; fax: 406-444-3707; or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.