Glendive and Colstrip will both get relief from deer overpopulation, property and vehicle damage, and increasing human attacks starting September 3.
Following several years of negotiation, this is the first in-city management hunt in Glendive. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) announced the archery only management season hunt plans are in place just in time for the 2011 archery hunting season which runs from September 3 to November 27. Five additional antlerless mule deer licenses will be made available per hunter in an effort to reduce the number of mule deer in and immediately adjacent to town.
For this management season hunt archery hunting is the only means of take due to safety concerns imposed by the proximity to residential areas and businesses. An additional 200 mule deer doe-fawn licenses will be made available on first –come first serve limited to 5 per person. These licenses will be available Thursday September 1, 2011 through the ALS system. These licenses plus currently valid resident and nonresident Region 7 deer B licenses and resident and nonresident Deer A licenses will be valid through November 27, 2011. Deer A license will be valid for either sex deer. Archers must harvest a mule deer doe before any attempt to harvest a mule deer buck with the Deer A license.
The hunt area encompasses open space within the City of Glendive, MT and the land is owned by the City of Glendive and by approved private property owners. Maps and land specifics are available at the Glendive City Hall. Prior to participating in this management hunt, hunters must obtain permission for both City of Glendive an approved private property byregistering at the Glendive City Hall during regular business hours. Questions about specific properties can be obtained by calling 406-377-3318.
Colstrip has also called for an archery-only deer management hunt which will also run running from September 3 through November 27. In Colstrip, an additional 100 mule deer doe-fawn licenses will be made available on a first –come first serve limited to 1 per person. These licenses will be available Thursday September 1, 2010 through the ALS system. These licenses plus currently valid resident and nonresident Region 7 mule deer B licenses and resident and nonresident deer A licenses will be valid through November 27, 2011. Deer A license will be valid for either sex mule deer. The management plan requires the hunter to harvest a mule deer doe before attempting to harvest a mule deer buck on the Deer A license. Hunters for the Colstrip hunter must obtain permission based on the specific land they will hunt. Approved lands are owned by the City of Colstrip, PPL Montana, Western Energy, Great Northern Properties, and Rosebud County. Hunters need to obtain permission for PPL property and Colstrip Parks & Recreation Property from PPL Security 406-748-5022 or 406-748-5023). Those hunters will need to sign in through the security guard shack off of Willow Street. Permission for Western Energy Properties came be obtained from Western Energy Security (406-748-5100, 406-748-5190 or 406-748-5156); hunters will need to sign in through the security guard shack off of Castle Rock Road.
Should hunters need additional information, call the Miles City FWP Office at (406) 234-0900.