A symposium on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Bozeman will bring together outfitters, hunters, biologists and landowners to seek consensus on elk management in the state. Anyone who follows elk hunting issues will remember some divisive bills introduced in the last session of the Montana Legislature. Also, actions by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in awarding free landowner tags drew wide criticism, a program that has since been modified. Some hunters are worried the state is approaching a system that will award landowners free tags, monetizing a public resource. Finding middle ground won’t be easy, but at least folks are talking. The daylong gathering will be live-streamed and recorded for anyone who can’t make it to Bozeman. To see what some of the attendees are saying, check out my story at https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/bozeman-elk-symposium-seeks-management-solutions/article_ffd4769a-1836-11ed-ae14-6bee7227fed3.html.
Brett French | Outdoors editor | Billings Gazette