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FWP holding meetings on deer strategies

December 22, 2018
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting four upcoming public meetings to discuss deer populations and potential future management strategies for hunting seasons in northwest Montana. FWP Region 1 staff are hoping to engage the public in an open discussion about the future direction for deer hunting after back-to-back harsh winters impacted fawn recruitment and a low hunter harvest this fall.

The meetings are not formal public hearings and will feature informational presentations on historical and current white-tailed and mule deer populations followed by discussion.

“We are hoping to engage the public and talk about the current state of deer herds across northwest Montana,” said Neil Anderson, FWP Region 1 wildlife manager. “We have heard some concerns from sportsmen about deer populations. These meetings will help FWP collaborate with the public and better understand their needs and expectations.”

The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, at the FWP Region 1 headquarters, N490 Meridian, Kalispell. The meeting will be in conjunction with a regular meeting of Flathead Wildlife, Inc., a local sportsmen's group.

Additional meetings will be held in Trout Creek, Libby and Eureka.

Deer populations have historically followed up and down cycles depending on several factors, including the severity of winter. Management actions have traditionally attempted to respond to these cyclical changes and sportsmen’s concerns.

For more information, contact FWP Region 1 Information and Education Program Manager Dillon Tabish at (406) 751-4564.

Deer Regulations Public Meetings:
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 – Kalispell, FWP Region 1 headquarters, N490 Meridian
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, January 10 – Trout Creek, Lakeside Motel and Resort, 2955 MT 200
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17 – Eureka, Glacier Bank, 222 Dewey Avenue, in conjunction with Tobacco Valley Rod and Gun Club

Libby meeting date and location to be announced.

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