Second Call to Action

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

Wolves Chasing Bull Elk

MOGA Members and Fellow Sportsmen,

Earlier in the week we told you of the FWP meetings scheduled to take comment on wolf management in Montana.  I hope you have made arrangements to attend and that you will speak on the issue.  FWP must hear your concerns.  If you are in the Eastern part of the state please show your support for those being impacted in the West and attend the Billings meeting.

FWP wants to reduce the wolf population however; their current tentative proposal is not aggressive enough to realistically or significantly bring down wolf numbers.  Not all Commission members are on board with reducing wolf numbers.

The Main Points to Make:

I support the MFWP wolf season tentative proposal with the following changes:

1. Delete reference to the 425 minimum target/objective 2. Include snaring for general trapping season; set season to run January 1, 2013 – March 31, 2013; and eliminate the 48 hr trap check requirement. 3. General gun season to end March 31, 2013. 4. Reduce the cost of non-resident license to $50. 5. Eliminate the five-day waiting period between license purchase and start of hunt.

Public Meetings: Public information meetings are set for 7-9 p.m. at these locations: • May 22—Missoula—Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown at the Park • May 22—Bozeman—Holiday Inn; 5 E Baxter Ln. • May 22—Great Falls—FWP Region 4 Office; 4600 Giant Springs Rd. • May 22—Billings—FWP Region 5 Office; 2300 Lake Elmo Dr. • June 13—Kalispell—Flathead Valley Community College; 777 Grandview Dr.

Submit online/Written Comments Please take a couple of minutes and submit written comments directly to the Commission.  Send a consistent message using the points above.

To comment on line, and to find more details on the proposed changes, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “Hunting.”

Coalition Building MOGA is working with a much larger coalition of sportsmen and landowners on this issue.  Our message will be heard one voice at a time!

Forward this message to neighbors and others who will act on behalf of preserving Montana’s hunting heritage.  The Commission should hear from your non-resident clients as well.  Let the Commission hear from all over the country.

Act Today!

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Mac Minard Executive Director Montana Outfitters and Guides Association 5 Microwave Hill Road Suite I Montana City, MT 59634 (406) 449-3578 (406) 442-2661 (406) 449-9769 FAX moga@mt.net www.montanaoutfitters.org   Be Sure to ask about Big Hearts Under the Big Sky and how you can help

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