Montana’s millions of acres of private land offer some good hunting opportunities—the only catch is gaining the landowner’s permission to hunt.
It is Montana law that hunters obtain landowner permission to hunt on all private land.
Here are a few things to keep in mind that will greatly improve results when attempting to secure hunting access to private land.
- Show courtesy to the landowner and make hunting arrangements by calling or visiting at times convenient to the landowner.
- Plan ahead and secure permission well in advance of the actual hunting date.
- Provide complete information about yourself and your hunting companions, including vehicle descriptions and license numbers.
- Explain what type of hunting you wish to do, and be sure to ask any questions which can help clarify the conditions of access.
- Follow the landowner’s instructions, and bring with you only the companions for whom you obtained landowner permission.
- Be sure to thank the landowner after your hunt.
For more on hunting access, visit FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov. Click “For Hunters”, and then click “Block Management”.
(Report by Montana FWP; Cover photo: marcelhuijserphotography.com)