Like a majority of hunters who purchase an elk tag in Montana, I failed to notch it this year. But I haven’t lost hope and if you still have an intact elk tag, you shouldn’t either.
The elk shoulder season begins Monday with hunting opportunities in 43 hunting districts located in six different regions. There’s a good chance you won’t have to drive very far to keep chasing elk.
Late season hunting comes with its obvious challenges. It’s been unseasonably warm recently but temps are sure to drop in upcoming weeks. A warm jacket, wool or synthetic pants and insulated boots weren’t that important the last week of the general season but long before the shoulder season’s conclusion in February they are essential.
Most of the shoulder season hunting opportunities are located on private land. It’s imperative hunters plan ahead and locate a place to hunt before traveling to a participating hunting district. Obtain landowner permission or find blocks of Bureau of Land Management or Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Land in applicable areas. Hunting is not allowed on United States Forest Service lands.
Block Management is open until Jan. 1 but the availability of elk hunting varies by BMA. Look on the back of BMA maps to determine if the area you want to hunt allows shoulder season elk hunts.
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