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Big Game Comment Meetings Set

Meeting times and places have been set throughout most of Idaho to comment on proposals for the 2001 deer, elk, antelope, black bear, and mountain lion hunts. The meetings will focus on proposals for the region where they are held, but comment may be offered regarding any proposal. Most meetings are in open house format.

The Fish and Game Commission has asked for comment on the possible establishment of "traditional weapons" hunts. These would be restricted to muzzleloader or longbow only, with motorized equipment restricted to "system" roads. In the archery hunts only long bows and recurved bows could be used, with wood or aluminum arrows with natural fletchings and no sights. Muzzleloaders would have to be .50 caliber or larger with an external pivoting hammer, exposed flint or percussion cap ignition, using flowable black powder or flowable Pyrodex with a patched round ball.

Other proposals being considered in most regions would increase the opportunity for youth hunters, either by increasing the numbers of hunts or the opportunity to take a female deer. The list of meetings follows:

Panhandle Region

Post Falls: February 22, Commons Area, Post Falls High School

St. Maries: Eagles Hall

Hope: Community Center

Kellogg: February 23, WWP/Avista meeting room, 120 N Hill St.

All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Clearwater Region

Orofino: February 12, VFW Hall, 330 Michigan Ave.

Grangeville: Feb. 13, Senior Center, Hwy. 3 County Road

Lewiston: Feb. 14, Community Center, 1424 Main Street

Moscow: Feb. 15, Fairground Exhibit Bldg., 1021 Harold

Hours are from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Southwest Region

McCall: Feb. 13, Best Western Hotel, 415 N. Third

Weiser: Feb. 15, Weiser High School Library, 690 Indianhead Road

Marsing: Feb. 19, Marsing Elementary School, 239 8th Ave.

West Boise: Feb.20, Hunter Education Center, 44th & Chinden

Mt. Home: Feb. 21, Mt. Home Bingo Parlor, 3285 Airbase Road

Nampa: Feb. 22, F&G Regional Office, 3101 S. Powerline Road

All meetings will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Magic Valley Region

Hailey: Feb. 16, Old Blaine County Courthouse

Twin Falls: Feb. 20, Cavanaugh's Best Western Inn

Burley: Feb. 21, City Hall

All meetings are from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Southeast Region

Montpelier: Feb. 20, Butch Cassidys Restaraunt- Highway 30

Malad: Feb. 21, Senior Center-Main Street

Pocatello: Feb 22, Wood River Room- ISU Student Union

All meetings will start at 7:00 pm

Upper Snake Region

Idaho Falls: Feb. 20, Eastern Idaho Technical College

Arco: Feb. 21 Butte High School

Rexburg: February 22, National Guard Armory

All meetings start at 7:00 p.m.

Salmon Region

Challis: Feb 20, Challis Middle School Auditorium

Salmon: Feb 21, IDFG Conference Room

Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.