With archery season coming to a close on October 18 and the general elk season beginning on October 24, hunters will be happy to hear that elk populations are above average in many areas of the state. Combined with the recent news that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved shoulder season guidelines for elk hunting, it is a great time to be a hunter in Montana!
Elk can cause a large amount of property damage and a growing population of elk has caused many landowners to look to the FWP for help. Because of over-population concerns, late season options may include the hunting of bulls on public and private lands throughout the winter months this year. Starting as early as February 2016, an early season will allow the hunting of antlerless elk on private lands to avoid conflict with bow hunters. Only landowners who allow hunting on their lands during the general season will qualify for damage hunts during the shoulder season.
Ten hunting districts are over population this season and Billings Gazette has put together a regional guide to help hunters determine the best locations to visit. This guide also includes information on regulations in place throughout the state.
Whether you are interested in hunting elk, deer or antelope, Harris Hunts & Fort Musselshell Outfitters provides individuals the opportunity to hunt with bow and rifle in Central Montana. Contact us online or by calling 406-429-2800 to learn more and book your next big game hunting trip.