Montana Elk Shoulder Season Guidelines Approved
By Toby Trigger

Posted: October 11, 2015

Connecting Solutions to Traditions

Montana’s new “shoulder season” guidelines seek renewed partnerships among FWP, the Fish & Wildlife Commission, hunters and landowners. The guidelines will to allow elk hunting with firearms before and after the general rifle season to increase harvest and improve management in specific places.

Frequently Asked Questions

The solution to fewer elk in over-objective areas depends on reliable Montana traditions:
•FWP elk harvest information that’s accurate, efficient, and timely.
•A Fish & Wildlife Commission capable of balancing social values with wildlife science.
•Hunters who are respectful and capable guests on private land.
•Landowners who are willing to define and provide a level of access that matches the elk population on their properties.

We hope these answers to some frequently asked questions help you better understand the issue and the solution.

If you get a chance, please offer your comments on Montana’s elk shoulder season pilot project proposals. You can comment through Nov. 6. There will be additional opportunities to participate in Montana FWP’s hunting season-setting process later this winter.


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