MT Outdoor Podcast: Learn All About Montana’s Elk Shoulder Seasons
By angelamontana

Posted: December 16, 2023

Do You Understand Them? Time to Clear Up the Confusion!

This week on the Montana Outdoor Podcast your host Downrigger Dale talks to Brian Wakeling the Game Management Bureau Chief for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Brian knows everything there is to know about Montana’s Elk Shoulder Seasons. He and Rigger had a VERY interesting discussion about these sometimes confusing and controversial Elk Hunting Seasons. Once you listen to this you may never look at Elk Shoulders Seasons the same. In fact, there is a much better way of understanding them once you stop looking at them as an extension to the regular season. They are basically separate mini seasons all unto themselves. They are designed and structured for different reasons. So, what does that mean? Click here to listen and find out. There are also lots of rumors and misconceptions surrounding these seasons. Downrigger asks the questions and gets the answers that should clear all those and more up. Things like; How many elk are available for harvest? What dictates why a season will be put in somewhere? Is it true that not all shoulder seasons are on private land? What is the best way to plan a shoulder season hunt? What do all those charts with the rules and regs inside of them mean? Are outfitters allowed to guide in shoulder season areas? How much discretion on who hunts and where, do landowners have? And the list goes on. This podcast will open your eyes and should show you how these seasons, that are going on now, can become huge opportunities for you!

If you want to learn more about Elk Shoulder Seasons click here. Once you click there keep scrolling and clicking on links in that page there is TONS of info there! This Block Management webpage has some good info for planning hunts, click here to take a look! If you have questions for Downrigger’s guest Brian Wakeling, click here to send him an email. Do you have ideas for topics for future podcasts? Click here to send an email to Downrigger Dale.


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