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Montana Considers Season Opener Changes

December 6, 2007.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is considering a "possible tentative proposal" that would change the opening dates for the general deer, elk, antelope, and pheasant seasons so that they would open on the same calendar date every year.

The theory is that a fixed opening date would be simpler to remember and would allow for easier planning. It may also server to stagger hunting pressure.

Currently, the regular deer and elk season opens on the Sunday that falls five weeks before the Sunday after Thanksgiving. MFWP is considering changing these dates to run from October 25 to November 30 each year.

In 2008, the opener would fall on a saturday. In 2009, a sunday. In 2010, a monday. And so on.

So, while the dates would be easier to remember, it might be harder for a lot of people to make the opener if it did not fall on a weekend.

For pheasant, the dates under consideration are October 10 to December 31.

For antelope, the dates under consideration are October 10 to November 10.

Montana already has fixed opening dates for bear, moose, goat, and sheep. Neighboring Wyoming has fixed opening dates for many of its big game hunts.

MFWP is far from being final about their proposal and is very actively seeking input.

For more info, or to comment, see the press release from MFWP.


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