Opening Up Elk Shoulder Seasons
By angelamontana


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to jump into the extended elk seasons with both feet next year. On Thursday the agency outlined its draft hunting proposals to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. Among the items were the proposals to hold elk shoulder seasons in more than 40 hunting districts or portions of hunting districts. Those districts are spread across the state, stretching from the Eureka area to just west of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The extended seasons would allow archers to begin hunting on private lands for cow elk as early as August and would extend the season into the late winter. Also included in the proposals are recommendations to increase mule deer doe harvests in several portions of the state, a reflection that the population is finally on the rebound after some thin years where bucks-only were the harvest rule. For more information on other proposals, see my story in The Billings Gazette at: http://bgz.tt/ko7gs
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)





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