Region 3 Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host nine meetings across southwest Montana this month in order to provide opportunities for the public to review and comment on proposed hunting regulation for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Details on the proposed hunting regulations are available now on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "2014-2015 Hunting Proposals," to find information on each proposal and a complete calendar of meeting times and locations across the state.
The Region 3 meeting schedule is as follows:
Jan. 6, Gardiner, Gardiner High School (510 Stone St.), 7 p.m.
Jan. 7, Bozeman, Holiday Inn (5 Baxter Lane), 7 p.m.
Jan. 8, Whitehall, Whitehall High School (1 Yellowstone Trail), 7 p.m.
Jan. 9, Dillon, Search & Rescue Building (1000 Hwy 41 Dillon), 7 p.m.
Jan. 13, Livingston, Elks Lodge (130 S. 2nd St.), 7 p.m.
Jan. 14, Ennis, Ennis Public Library (210 West Main St.), 7 p.m.
Jan. 15, Helena, Montana Wild Center (2668 Broadwater Ave.), 7 p.m.
Jan. 16, Butte, Copper King Hotel (4655 Harrison Ave.), 7 p.m.
Jan. 21, Lima, Lima School (1 North Harrison), 7 p.m.
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.
Last summer, FWP held seven meetings across the state and received nearly 1,200 comments leading to several new hunting season proposals.
Comments may be submitted at these and other statewide meetings, or online at fwp.mt.gov. 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 Fish & Wildlife Commission will adopt final regulations in February.