Montana's 2010-11 Regulations Up for Review

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Montanans will have an extensive opportunity to review and comment on 2010-2011 hunting regulations proposals by going on online now or by attending one of 46 public meetings beginning in January. The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission accepted the proposals on Dec. 10.

FWP expects the meetings will be well attended. The meeting schedule is available as a PDF file on the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov . Click "2010-11 Hunting Season Comments."

"Hunters, landowners, outfitters and others are more involved than ever," said FWP Director Joe Maurier. "We received a lot of participation and interest this summer when we invited the public to propose ideas for the upcoming seasons."

Last summer, FWP held seven meetings across the state and received more than 370 comments that led to several hunting season proposals. In years past, FWP would propose "tentative" seasons and season structures, from general regulations to types of special permits offered in specific areas, and then ask for comment on the proposals without a formal scoping session.

Details on the proposed hunting regulations are available on FWP’s Web site at fwp.mt.gov.

Comments, due 5 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2010, may be submitted at the local area meetings , or electronically on the FWP Web page at fwp.mt.gov; click "2010-11 Hunting Season Comments." Written comments may be sent to: FWP—Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. For questions not covered on the Web site, call: 406-444-2612.