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Open House Set For Trophy Species

The Magic Valley Region will propose a moose hunt in the Wood River Valley, game management units 48 and 49, at its upcoming open house meeting in Jerome later this month. This issue and others regarding mountain goat and bighorn sheep in the region, plus input for the 2001 statewide turkey seasons will be topics for public input from November 27 through 30. Hunters and others interested in these species can attend a formal open house at the Jerome Regional Office, 868 E. Main, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 30. Wildlife staff personnel will be on hand that day to present details to those attending. Calls will also be accepted at the regional office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. regarding these issues. The phone number in Jerome is 324-4359. Trophy species regulations are done every two years. This season setting process will be for 2001 - 02. Specific considerations for the Magic Valley Region include the deletion of the six permits for California bighorn rams in unit 46. Numbers of sheep in the Jarbidge and Bruneau River drainages have decreased over the past few years, and the number of legal rams has also declined. Unit 49 in the Magic Valley Region may be combined with the unit 50 mountain goat hunt from the Upper Snake Region. The permit level will remain at two goats.