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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Game Damage Roster: Thanks, Larry!

Dear Sportsman and Sportswoman:

We are forwarding the following press release for your information. Montana Wildlife Federation is Montana’s oldest and largest conservation-minded organization. If your local sportsman’s club would like more information about MWF and becoming an affiliated club, please respond to this email or call the phone numbers below.


BOZEMANHunters interested in participating in game-damage hunting opportunities on private land this year need to register online beginning June 15, with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Game damage occurs when animals such as elk, deer, and antelope concentrate on private farms and ranches and eat crops. FWP's game damage hunt rules are designed to respond to the needs of landowners who provide public hunting during the general hunting season, yet who could nevertheless suffer losses due to wildlife damage without this additional management tool.

In addition to game damage hunts, those who register will also be eligible for special management season hunts. Special management seasons are called for in response to concentrations of big game due to seasonal migrations, extreme weather conditions, restrictive public hunting on adjacent or nearby properties, and other factors.

The 30-day roster sign-up for such hunts is June 15-July 15. A final game damage roster, randomly generated from all the online registrations, will be posted by Aug. 1.

Hunts could take place anytime from Aug. 15 through Feb. 15, 2011. Officials stress however, that game-damage hunts and management seasons are only offered when needed and the need for such hunts may or may not develop. FWP will contact hunters on the game damage rosters if hunting opportunities arise.

Prospective hunters must register for the hunt rosters online at . On the Hunting page, click “Seasons” for the Game Damage and Management Hunt page. The Internet-based registration can be completed on personal computers, at most public libraries, and at any FWP office.

To register, hunters will need their ALS number. They will be prompted to enter a preferred hunting district for potential deer, elk, and antelope game damage hunts. Prospective hunters may choose to participate in all three species lists. Hunters are urged to print the confirmation page after completing the registration process.

The effort to create hunter rosters is specifically intended to decrease game damage response time and to streamline the game damage process.

Larry Copenhaver Conservation Director of Local Issues Montana Wildlife Federation 406-458-0227 ext. 104 800-517-7256 ext. 104 Official

This message brought to you by Montana's largest statewide wildlife organization of nearly 7,000 conservation minded hunters and anglers with a common mission 'To protect and enhance Montana's public wildlife, lands, waters and fair chase hunting and fishing heritage'.

"Memento mori" (Me)