The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission adopted a change last week that will close all elk hunting in Hunting District (HD) 214 at the end of the general season on Sunday, Dec. 1. The change means there will be no late elk “shoulder season” for the district, as originally planned and advertised.
The season was previously adopted to be open August 15, 2019 through February 15, 2020 in HD 214 for those holding a Region 2 Elk B (002-00) License, as printed in the Montana 2019 Deer, Elk & Antelope Hunting Regulations. The change was adopted due to Commission concerns that the elk population in a portion of the district did not need additional harvest pressure.
The change affects all areas in the HD where the license is valid, which means private lands in that portion of HD 214 west of Storm Lake Road and Storm Lake Trail to East Fork Reservoir, located mostly in Granite County. The Region 2 Elk B License (002-00) has not been valid in the remainder of HD 214, east of Storm Lake Road and Storm Lake Trail, in either the 2018 or 2019 hunting seasons.
This change also means that the Christensen Ranch Block Management Area #52 in HD 214 will now close for elk hunting after December 1 instead of February 15.