One hunt that would make Montana more exciting is a primitive weapon, black powder hunt. I know that you can use these single shot weapons in weapon restriction zones, but wouldn’t it be nice to bugle in a bull elk and tag out with a 50 caliber Hawken rifle?
Bow hunting is also my favorite time of the year. The elk hunting in September and October is amazing. A later hunt would increase the range that a hunter could ethically harvest an elk but still maintain the sporting challenge.
Distinctions could be flintlock, ramrod loaded only, no scopes, no inline guns, or a combination of whatever works for the FWP and the hunting community.
Other states generate additional revenue by having one or two short seasons exclusive to Black powder weapons. Some states, such as Pennsylvania require flintlock only weapons. Either way, the hunter is now shooting a single shot weapon.
Montana’s Mountain Man heritage screams for a primitive hunt. Dressing up in buckskins, or hunting using primitive gear is a true challenge that celebrates our past.
Requiring another tag would add funds to the wildlife management budget, which is declining. Elk, deer, antelope, and buffalo are strong candidates for this special hunt.
The timing of an elk hunt could be toward the end of the regular bow season. This would still give the archers plenty of hunting time and catch the elk before they descend onto the more private winter pasture.
Now I know that some folks hate change, but what if…?
Time to be “cocked, locked, and ready to rock!”
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