Category Archives: Montana big game hunting

State Discussing Extending Elk Hunting Season

It’s no secret that hunters really enjoy what they do. So when hunting season comes to a close, some can’t help but want more time to bring home their next trophy. Fortunately for many in pursuit of big game, hunters may have a longer season if a recent state proposal is approved.

Elk Hunting More than 40 hunting districts across Montana have come together to propose an extension to the dates of the state’s cow elk hunting season. Currently, the season runs from November to February, but if the extended dates are approved, the proposal would open the season to start in August and run until February.

Right now there is an elevated population of cow elk across the state, say advocates, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. It’s so high that now the cow elk are showing up in more places than ever before, including numerous acres of privately owned land. The population of elk has thrived in recent years, with numbers now exceeding Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ population objectives in many areas. Wildlife advocates pushing for the extended season say that some kind of action is needed to help keep population levels more manageable. A longer hunting season would also help prevent the numerous elk from destabilizing the regional ecosystem through overgrazing and keep disease and starvation problems from plaguing the elk population.

If the extension is approved, it would allow hunters more time to hunt the animals – primarily on private land. The state is currently testing a smaller scale additional season trial through an elk shoulder season. The Star-Tribune reports this season started Nov. 30 and runs through Feb. 15 in some hunting districts near Helena.

Fort Musselshell Outfitters offers elk hunting trips through Harris Hunts, taking hunters to the mountains of central Montana in search of their trophy elk. Guided by skilled hunters with knowledge of the lands and elk tracking, you’re sure to return home with your next trophy. For more information on guided hunts or to book your trip, call us today at 406-429-2800.

Work with Hunters Against Hunger this Hunting Season

Work with Hunters Against Hunger this Hunting Season

As hunting season begins, Montana Foodbank Network and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are working to spread the news about Hunters Against Hunger. A program that started in 2013, Hunters Against Hunger allows individuals who legally harvest big game during hunting season to donate the meat to feed Montanans in need. Meat from antelope, deer,Continue Reading

Elk Shoulder Season to be Extended Across Montana

Elk Shoulder Season to be Extended Across Montana

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 elkContinue Reading

Bear Safety for Montana Residents and Hunters

Bear Safety for Montana Residents and Hunters

Over the course of the past week, a few troubling incidents have occurred involving black bears. On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 an elderly woman was attacked in her home by a bear, only a few days after two black bears were euthanized by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks because they had becomeContinue Reading

Brush Up on Montana Rules and Regulations Before Hunting

Brush Up on Montana Rules and Regulations Before Hunting

Both deer and elk populations are on the rise this year, leading Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to believe it will be a good hunting season for many.  Before heading out into the field, remember that all hunters and fisherman age 12 and older must have a valid Montana Conservation License and a State RecreationalContinue Reading

Fire Safety for a Dry September

Big-game archery and upland bird hunting season have had a slow start this September, because of the large number of fires throughout Montana. An extremely dry season makes brush catch quickly – it only takes a stray ember or cigarette butt. Because of this fear, private landowners and parks are closing their doors to huntersContinue Reading

Pack for your Next Hunting Excursion

September is almost here, which means so are deer and elk seasons in Montana. Before heading out on your next hunting trip, there are a few things to consider. First, do you have your hunting license and permit, as well as tags for the game you are hunting?  Once you have all your paperwork squaredContinue Reading

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Devise an Elk Shoulder Season

At the end of the 2014 elk hunting season, 40 percent of Montana hunting districts were still over overpopulated with elk. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, often called FWP, recently proposed an “Elk Shoulder Season” to aid in the reduction of elk populations throughout Montana. This plan will allow rifle hunting in certain districts beforeContinue Reading

Montana Hunters are Voicing their Opinions

Big game hunting is not a frivolous activity. Going on a hunting trip requires much planning and foresight. Hunters and anglers are well-oiled machines, especially in Montana. They are always thinking about the next trip, the next season. That’s why it’s important that their voices are heard. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2Continue Reading

American Resources are Not Inexhaustible

Without conservation efforts, big game hunters would have nothing left to hunt! We are in a collaborative relationship with the earth and must help to maintain the delicate balance between man and animal. If not, the situation would become very dire. Montana, in particular, takes this relationship very seriously. After all, the state boasts aContinue Reading