Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed deer and antelope quotas that fall outside the biennial rule for the 2012 hunting season and on the 2012-2013 furbearer season structure and quotas.
Deer quotas outside the biennial quota ranges affect two hunting districts. Hunting district 797-00 would see a quota decrease from 500 to 100 under the proposal for antlerless mule deer B licenses. In hunting district 311-00 white-tailed deer B licenses would increase from 50 to 100.
Tentative adjustments to 2012 antelope quotas outside biennial ranges include hunting district 700-00 where either-sex licenses would decrease from 6,500 to 3,000 and doe/fawn licenses from 500 to 100. Antelope in eastern Montana were hard hit by the severe winter in 2010-2011.
Here is a summary of the proposed furbearer season structure and quotas.
Furbearer Seasons and 2012 Quotas
Proposed changes to the furbearer season structure and quotas for 2012 would:
All other seasons and quotas would remain unchanged from 2011.
Send written comments to: FWP – Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, POB 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
The FWP Commission is scheduled to set final quotas at its July/August meeting in Helena.
For more information, call the FWP wildlife office at: 406-444-2612, or visit the FWP website at: fwp.mt.gov.