Friday, June 14, 2013
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on proposed quota changes for elk and bison hunting, furbearer quotas and new trapping setback rules.
- Elk Quota Changes
- Hunting district 799-80—increase antlerless B licenses from 200 to 400.
- Anterless Elk Harvest Prescriptions
- Last season, expected antlerless elk harvests were reached in six of 21 highly popular hunting areas with limited entry bull permits. Harvests were below prescription in the remaining 15 areas. In response, the commission has made proposed adjustments to prescribed harvest expectations in a total of seven areas.
- No Bison Quota Changes
- Montana's 2013 bison license quotas are proposed to remain the same at 44 either sex licenses and 100 additional cow/calf licenses issued incrementally if conditions allow. Of the 44 either sex licenses, 16 are offered to Montana Tribes as per state law.
- Furbearer Quota Changes
- Increase the bobcat quota in northwestern Montana trapping district 1 from 250 to 275.
- Reduce the bobcat quota in central Montana trapping district 4 from 300 to 200.
- Increase the swift fox quota in a portion of northeastern Montana trapping district 6 from 20 to 30.
- Due to uncertainty of the wolverine's status under the federal Endangered Species Act, reduce the statewide quota from five to zero. FWP may seek to adjust this in October upon the expected federal listing decision.
- Expanded Ground Set Trap Setbacks on Specific Public Routes
- Adopt a 300-foot setback requirement for all ground sets on public land for more than 20 identified high-recreational use routes in western Montana. Setbacks of 50 to 150 feet are currently required.
The public comment deadline is July 22 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.