Montana Bison Hunt Applications Available

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Applications for Montana's proposed 2007-08 bison hunts will be available in September.

For the 2007-08 hunt, on Aug. 30 the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission considered the sale of 15 either-sex bison licenses and up to 60 cow/calf licenses for use near Gardiner; and 25 either-sex bison licenses and up to 50 cow/calf licenses for use near West Yellowstone. Hunts would take place over three time periods: Nov. 15-Dec. 31; Jan. 1-22, 2008; and Jan. 23-Feb, 15, 2008. The commission did not consider an early bison hunt as initially proposed in June.

In accordance with state law, a total of 16 of the licenses would be allotted to Montana's Indian Tribes.

Bison hunting applications will be available online and from most Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offices and license providers soon after the commission sets the 2007-08 seasons and quotas. The bison application deadline also will be set following the commission's final action on seasons and quotas on Aug. 30.