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Wolf trapping

Mike Ross of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks holds a wolf trap during a class in Billings in September.

Wolf hunting and trapping seasons, upland game bird quotas and fishing bag limits are among the topics the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will rule on during their meeting in Missoula next week.

FWP staff will hold an open house Wednesday evening to share information about the Thursday work session. The informal gathering starts at 6:30 p.m. in the FWP’s Region 2 headquarters, 3201 Spurgin Road.

On Thursday, the commissioners start at 8:30 a.m. in the same building. Decision matters include:

• Upcoming wolf hunting and trapping season dates.

• Wolf quotas for new landowner kill permits provided by the 2013 Legislature.

• Furbearer trapping seasons and quotas.

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• Temporary waiver on fishing bag limits for trout on Camas Lake and Elkhorn Creek near Hamilton.

• Changes to upland game bird hunting harvest quotas and limits, including sage grouse season dates and closures.

• Work plan for nongame conservation funds.

The commissioners will also discuss plans to augment wild turkey populations along the Missouri River in Chouteau and Teton counties, a forestry project at Threemile Wildlife Management area near Florence, an addition to the Logan Fishing Access Site on the Gallatin River, and public land access projects near Hamilton, Terry and Wolsey.

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Reporter Rob Chaney can be reached at 523-5382 or at rchaney@missoulian.com.

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