Hunting - Region 6
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has scheduled four public meetings along the Hi-Line in January to discuss tentative hunting regulations for the next two years.
A total of 43 of the public gatherings are scheduled across the state. In FWP Region 6, the meetings will take place as follows. Each will run from 7-9 p.m.
· Jan. 9, Sheridan County Library Jubilee Room, Plentywood;
· Jan. 14, Malta High School Cafeteria, Malta;
· Jan. 21, Valley County Courthouse Community Room, Glasgow;
· Jan. 23, Best Western Great Northern Inn, Havre.
At the meetings, FWP will present proposals to aid the recovery of Montana's declining deer populations by reducing opportunities to harvest antlerless mule deer and white-tailed deer.
Wildlife managers believe that Montana's deer numbers are in decline statewide due to a number of unique circumstances — from the cyclical nature of mule deer populations to predation to disease, drought and tough winter conditions.
For the next two hunting seasons, with a few exceptions to address game damage issues, FWP proposes to:
· Restrict general mule deer seasons to antlered-only.
· Eliminate most mule deer B, or antlerless, licenses.
· Eliminate white-tailed deer B licenses in most of central and northeastern Montana.
Details on the proposed hunting regulations are available on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov by clicking on the "2014-2015 Hunting Proposals" section. The proposals encompass hunting season dates and nearly every huntable species in the state, including antelope, black bear, bighorn sheep, bison, deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, mountain lion, and a variety of upland game birds.
Comments may be submitted at the local meetings or online at fwp.mt.gov. For questions not covered on the website, call 406-444-2612. Written comments may be sent to:
FWP Wildlife Bureau
Attn: Public Comment
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701
Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2014. The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will take all comments into consideration and adopt final regulations in February.