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Meetings set on Region 6 hunting season proposals


January 11, 2018

From Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is holding four public meetings in northeast Montana in January, including in Havre next week and one already held in Glasgow this week, to gather comments on proposed hunting seasons and rules for the next two years.

In addition, updated information will be presented on chronic wasting disease, which has recently been detected in the state.

Interested hunters are encouraged to attend these meetings to hear the proposals, ask questions and make comments.

The tentative rules and regulations, available for review and comment online now at http://www.fwp.mt.gov, were approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at their December meeting, and include statewide and local hunting regulations for all big game, migratory birds and upland game birds.

Every two years FWP considers changes to all hunting seasons, proposes changes from the previous biennium and encourages public comment before the Fish and Wildlife Commission makes its final decisions in February. Public meetings are held across the state to present the proposed seasons and accept public comments. FWP and its commissioners will also accept written, online or emailed comments through Jan. 24.

Some of the proposed hunting season and rules changes, relevant to Region 6, include lengthening the elk shoulder seasons in the Missouri River Breaks and Bear Paw Mountains, additional mule deer and white-tailed deer antlerless B-licenses, changes to the archery antelope license drawing process and expansion of the youth deer season.

The public is encouraged to visit the FWP website for the full proposals or attend a public meeting. In northeast Montana, all public meetings are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

• Malta — Thursday, Jan. 11, Malta High School cafeteria

• Havre — Tuesday, Jan. 16, Hill County Electric Hospitality Room

• Plentywood — Wednesday, Jan. 17, Sheridan County Courthouse Jubilee Room

Comments may be submitted at these public meetings, online at http://www.fwp.mt.gov, or by mail to: FWP Wildlife Division, “attn: hunting season proposals,” PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620. Comments are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 24. If there are any questions about the Region 6 meetings, people can call the Region 6 Headquarters in Glasgow at 406-228-3700.


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