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Montana May Reconsider Controversial Archery Changes

March 11, 2008.

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks:

Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission may reconsider some elk-archery and antelope-archery hunting regulations outside of the Missouri Breaks that were recently set for the 2008 and 2009 hunting seasons.

The regulations will be discussed during the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting set for March 13 in Helena.

The announcement that some elk- and antelope-archery regulations may be reconsidered comes in response to numerous calls and emails to FWP, FWP Commissioners and the Governor’s Office from both opponents and supporters of the adopted regulations.

The four-month-long 2008-2009 hunting regulation and season-setting process was one of the most active comment periods in recent memory. FWP received more than 2,000 written comments on big game issues and hundreds more from participants who attended the 44 public hearings held throughout Montana in January.

The regulations, as adopted, are aimed at providing a remedy to some concerns about hunter crowding and opportunity inequities between archers and rifle hunters. The commission’s discussion on the 2008-2009 hunting regulations is expected to be limited to antelope archery licenses and either-sex elk archery permits outside of Missouri Breaks hunting districts.

The FWP Commission will only take public comment on an issue if it amends a previously approved item. Public comment, if any changes are considered, must focus on the substance of the amendment.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m , March 13 at the Colonial Red Lion Inn, 2301 Colonial Dr. in Helena.

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