January 6, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
2000 Big Game Hunting Seasons To Be Discussed
Public meetings to discuss proposed changes in the hunting season regulations in Region Two for 2000 will be held in eight communities in west central Montana.
Written comments may be sent to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Attn: Season Comments, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula MT 59804 by January 22, 2000.
In Seeley Lake, the meeting will be held at the Community Center on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m.
The proposed hunting season regulation changes for west central Montana for the 2000 season include:
Eliminate the validation system for mule deer buck hunting. Mule Deer buck hunting in Hunting Districts (HD) 202, 210, 261, 270 and 291 will continue to be by limited permits through the June 1 drawing. Mule deer buck hunting by unlimited permits will continue in HD 204, 240 and 250. FWP is proposing that HD 281 and 292 will be by unlimited permits for mule deer bucks through the June 1 drawing. No permit will be required to hunt mule deer bucks in any other HD in Region Two.
Allow either-sex white-tailed deer hunting during the first eight days of the general season in HD 200, 201, 202, 203, 280, 281, 283, 285, and 292.
Increase Antlerless B Licenses for white-tailed deer in HD 260 to five and extend the shotgun/muzzleloader season seven days to run September 9-24.
Eliminate the 200 antlerless youth permits for white-tailed deer.
Increase A-7 licenses in HD 285 from 50 to 100.
Reduce the total quota to 10 for HD 290, 291, and 292. Close the east 1/2 of HD 292 for three years for a lion research project to test marked lion track survey techniques to detect lion abundance.
MOOSE, SHEEP AND GOAT:
Minor changes are proposed, including a new bighorn sheep and goat HD east of Hamilton.
Increase mountain grouse limit to for aggregate daily.
Move pheasant opening date one week later to October 14.
Increase sage grouse limit to three in southwest Montana and to four in central and eastern Montana.
Establish trophy definitions for assessing restitution for illegally taken wildlife.
MOTION TRACKING DEVICES:
Define motion-tracking devices that would be illegal to use while hunting.
Defines a legal hunting bow and broadhead.
RECORDED OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Prohibit the use of recorded or electronically amplified bird or animal sound to assist in hunting except predatory animals.
A complete copy of the proposed changes for the entire state is available from Fish, Wildlife and Parks.