63A Deer seasons

I noticed that the regulations changed for the short range season to only allow harvest of antlerless from oct. 10th - 20th and antlered from oct 21-31. What was the reasoning behind changing it to this? Also, I noticed another question that had been asked on this website sometime toward the beginning of 2015 that mentioned their desire for archery only in 63A. I would like to see to it that this does not occur and that the short range season is allowed to continue and I would like to know how to receive the Upper Snake Region newsletter and participate in any regulation making so as to ensure the Short range season for this area continues.
We have recieved many comments from hunters and landowners who wish to see unit 63A changed to archery only.  They usually cite property damage and human safety as the main reasons.  This issue is discussed nearly every year during the season-setting process.  Shotgun hunters would like the season to remain open to other short-range weapons and archery hunters would like to see it changed to archery only.  The split season was a compromise that was adopted by the commission this year.  Hunters are now required to identify the species and sex of the deer before they shoot.  The rule change was intended to increase the time the animal is observed, decrease hurried shots, and decrease the danger to property and people.  We would be happy to add you to the list of hunters that recieve our newsletter and we look forward to your participation in the season-setting process.  The email address you provided will be added to the list.  You can also call our regional office at 208-525-7290 to have additional email addresses added to the list.
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Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:58 PM MDT