KALISPELL - Hunting season has come and gone but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are hosting public meetings across the state -- and four will take place in Northwest Montana.
The meetings are meant to gather input from hunters on season dates and rules for the next two years.
One of the many proposals in Region One is a citizen initiative seeking a new, limited draw for mule deer bucks in a section of the Fisher River in Hunting District 103, near Libby. If approved, the draw permits would be limited to approximately five to fifteen per year.
State biologists say the proposal would reduce the opportunity for hunters and most likely not grow the mule deer population, but the citizen proposal is aiming to increase the age and size of the males before they are hunted.
FWP Region One Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson says the department doesn’t set the regulations, a commission does and public comment periods like this are important for those wanting to voice their opinions.
“The commission is a citizen’s body that is appointed by the governor and approved by the legislature, so those are the folks, those are the decision makers. So, this is the public’s opportunity to get their voices heard and let the commission hear what they’d like to see and how they would like their resources managed,” said Anderson.
The public meetings for Northwest Montana are scheduled as follows:
The statewide proposals are still available for review and comment online.