Montana FWP Commission Considers Lower Elk Quotas

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The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will consider limiting elk hunting licenses in two Madison Valley hunting districts to address overharvest on public lands.

The proposal for hunting districts 360 and 362 is in response to elk population declines. The recent 2010 hunting season showed record high harvests in these districts, in part due to unusually severe winter weather, which resulted in a further dip in elk numbers.

The FWP Commission will consider the proposal at its Jan. 13 in Helena at FWP headquarters, 1420 East 6th Ave., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Hunters first expressed concern about overharvest of elk on the public lands in these hunting districts in 2009 and recently urged FWP to cut back the number of antlerless elk licenses in the districts.

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with a disability. Individuals with special needs may request arrangements by contacting FWP at 406-444-3186.

A full agenda, and background on topics, are on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "FWP Commission".

The FWP website offers live audio of the meeting, or the public may view a live television feed of the meeting at FWP regional offices.