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 be held in Plentywood on January 9, Malta on January 14, Glasgow on January 21 and Havre on January 23. Each meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. on their prospective days.
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 and 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 the FWP's website. For questions not covered on the website, call 406-444-2612.
Comments are due on January 24 by 5 p.m. The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission will take all comments into consideration and adopt final regulations in February.