Final 2003 Deer, Elk, Antelope Quotas Set

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has set final 2003 deer, elk and antelope permit quotas recently.

Deer quotas in the Billings and Glasgow areas, FWP Regions 5 and 6, reflected the greatest change from the 2002 season, with antlerless mule deer B licenses, and some antlerless whitetail deer B licenses, increasing by 50 to 500 depending on the hunting district.

The Commission also increased deer B licenses in some south-central Montana hunting districts in FWP Region 3:

380-02: Antlerless mule deer and white tail deer B licenses increased from 50 to 100.

325-00: Antlerless mule deer B licenses increased from 200 to 350.

326-00: Antlerless mule deer B licenses increased from 150-250.

Proposed elk quotas across the state were approved with some reductions in anterless elk permits in hunting districts 380-00; 380-01; 380-02 and 380-70. The proposed second A9 antlerless elk license was approved for some hunting districts in FWP Regions 2 and 3, the Missoula and Bozeman areas, for hunters with the pre-requisite antlerless elk permit. A second A9 antlerless elk license was also approved in three districts in FWP Region 4, the Great Falls area, for hunters with a general elk license. Access is difficult to obtain in these Region 4 districts.

Final antelope quotas remain generally unchanged from last year for most hunting districts. However, significant increases were approved for both either sex and doe/fawn licenses in a number of FWP Region 4 hunting districts. There was also an increase in the number of either sex permit holders in the Miles City area, FWP Region 7, who will be offered the opportunity to purchase up to two doe/fawn licenses.