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Region 6 Hunting Season Proposals for 2018-2019 to be Discussed at Four Meetings across Northeast Montana

Hunting - Region 6

Mon Dec 18 12:44:44 MST 2017

 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold four public meetings in northeast Montana in January to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons and rules for the next two years.  In addition, updated information will be presented on Chronic Wasting Disease, which has recently been detected in the state.  Interested hunters are encouraged to attend these meetings to hear the proposals, ask questions, and make comments.

The tentative rules and regulations, available for review and comment online now at fwp.mt.gov, were approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their December meeting, and include statewide and local hunting regulations for all big game, migratory birds, and upland game birds.

Every two years FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium, and encourages public comment before the Fish and Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions in February. Public meetings are held across the state to present the proposed seasons and accept public comments. FWP and its commissioners will also accept written, online or emailed comments through Jan. 24.

            Some of the proposed hunting season and rules changes, relevant to Region 6, include: lengthening the elk shoulder seasons in the Missouri River Breaks and Bears Paw Mountains, additional mule deer and white-tailed deer antlerless B-licenses, changes to the archery antelope license drawing process, and expansion of the youth deer season.

            The public is encouraged to visit the FWP website for the full proposals or attend a public meeting.  In northeast Montana, all public meetings are scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Glasgow          Mon., Jan. 8, Cottonwood Inn
  • Malta               Thurs., Jan. 11, Malta High School cafeteria
  • Havre              Tues., Jan. 16, Hill County Electric, hospitality room
  • Plentywood     Wed., Jan. 17, Sheridan Co. Courthouse, Jubilee Room

 

            Comments may be submitted at these public meetings, online at fwp.mt.gov, or by mail to: FWP Wildlife Division, “attn: hunting season proposals,” PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2018.  If there are any questions about the Region 6 meetings, please call the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.