Friday, June 14, 2013
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on several wildlife and hunting related proposals.
The proposals include:
- the 2013 upland game bird quotas and limits, which will mostly remain identical to last year. The lone change includes increasing permit quotas for fall turkey hunts in Gallatin County from 10 to 50, and from two to 10 for the area's youth hunt.
- an agreement to a court-ordered settlement with a landowner to provide road and parking access to the Marias River Wildlife Management Areas southeast of Shelby.
- a work plan for using an expected $27,000 in nongame check-off funds donated to FWP by Montana taxpayers to fund species of concern inventory and monitoring; ranking habitat for conservation; a student stipend for nongame research; ongoing sylvatic plague vaccine research for black-footed ferret recovery; and education and outreach efforts.
- a hunting access agreement that would continue to provide public access to some elk hunters in exchange for a hunting district 411-21 either-sex permit for use by a Swanz Ranch family member. FWP would issue four additional 411-21 permits to hunters from a list of unsuccessful applicants for hunting only on the Swanz property. Based on positive post-hunt evaluations, this agreement has been in place since 2002.
The public comment deadline is June 24 at 5 p.m. Comment via the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click Hunting. Or write to: FWP – Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
For more information, call 406-444-2612, or visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov.