FWP News: Guidelines for hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreating on state trust land in Montana
By angelamontana

Posted: September 7, 2022

GLASGOW – With the upcoming hunting season, many people will likely hunt state trust land at some point. These lands, which can provide great recreational opportunity, are managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for the benefit of the public schools and other public entities. In Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 in northeast Montana, large areas of state trust land are found in central Valley and western Daniels counties.

Although state trust land is often considered simply as “public land,” specific rules and regulations apply to these lands that hunters and other outdoor recreationists need to follow. In addition, nearly 100 percent of these lands are leased to operators for livestock grazing or other agricultural production, along with oil and gas leases. Recreationists need to respect these operations and abide by all rules and guidelines for safety and cooperation with the lease holders and other recreators on state trust land.

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