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Public Input Sought on 2000 Big Game Hunting Proposals

Proposed changes in Owyhee County mule deer seasons and bull elk overharvest in unit 39 are just two issues slated for discussion during a series of Fish and Game-hosted open houses. The public is invited to attend the get together nearest them to help shape this year's hunting seasons in Idaho's Southwest region.

Other proposed changes include the alteration of mule deer hunting seasons in and around the open country surrounding Council and Cambridge. "We'd like to invite everyone to attend one of our open houses and share their input with us," Fish and Game wildlife manager Lou Nelson said. "That input will be important in shaping final fall hunting seasons."

The open house format allows visitors to come and go during a three-hour period and visit one-on-one with Fish and Game personnel about any wildlife management issue. Written comments collected from open house attendees will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for review and consideration. The Commission will take final action on these and other big game issues from across the state at their March meeting in Boise.

Open houses will be held at these locations from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.:

Nampa, Wednesday, Feb. 2

Northwest Nazarene Univ.

J. Wordsworth Meeting Room

NNU Student Center

512 Amity

Boise, Thursday, Feb. 3

Fish & Game Headquarters

Trophy Room

600 S. Walnut

Emmett, Monday, Feb. 7

Emmett High School Atrium

721 W. Twelfth Street

McCall, Monday, Feb. 7

Best Western Hotel

415 N. Third

Council, Tuesday, Feb. 8

Council Ranger District

500 E. Whitley

Weiser, Wednesday, Feb. 9

Weiser High School Library

690 Indianhead Road

Mt. Home, Thursday, Feb. 10

Mt. Home Bingo Parlor

3285 Airbase Road

Contact Fish and Game's Nampa office at 465-8465 or the McCall office at 634-8137 for more information.