Every two years, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks takes a general look at the hunting regulations and presents some changes. This is one of those times where the plans have been developed for future hunting.

This fall, biologists brought to FWP a series of proposals that cover a lot of ground - everything from combining districts, eliminating some district portions and reducing some types of licenses and permits. The public comment period had an original deadline of January 14. But just before Christmas, FWP extended that deadline to January 21.

And, besides having the information on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website, there are meetings throughout the state to let the public hear from the biologists and at the end of the presentation, ask questions.

One of those meetings is in Hamilton this Thursday. The January 6th meeting will be at the Bitterroot River Inn, on the north end of town at 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive at 6 p.m.

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It's one of three meetings this week - Tuesday, January 4, in Drummond and Wednesday, January 5, in Lincoln at Lambkins Cafe, also at 6 p.m. Then, next week, the FWP biologists will be in Ovando January 10 at the school gym on Birch Street at 6 p.m., in Superior January 11 at the Superior High School at 7 p.m., and at the Metcalf Center in Anaconda January 12 at 6 p.m. A Hunting District 2 online meeting will be January 13 at 6 p.m. (Dial 1-213-338-8477) The Webinar ID is 880 6007 6301 with the Passcode 447973. For more information, check the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website. You can also comment there. The rules are scheduled for adoption in February.

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