Southwest Montana is known for it’s elk and public access to thousands of acres of state and federal land as well as access to private lands through programs such as Montana FWP’s Block Management Program.  As elk numbers increase, so do hunter numbers.  As hunter numbers increase so do the few mischief-makers who shoot up signs, vandalize (or remove) forest signs and travel route designations, tear up roads which are too wet for reasonable travel  and trespass on private property.   As one landowner and his wife who have ranched in the are for more than 50 years recently commented, “It’s the 5% of the hunters who spoil it for the good ones.  Fortunately, a lot of thoughtful, respectful and just “good” hunters still come to the area.  We welcome these hunters to our property.”

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  1. Up to 10 hunters at a time are given a two-week permit to hunt elk in a specific area. The hunting effort is an intensive, aversive technique aimed at conditioning the herd to stay away from specific areas. The most effective approach is to hunt larger groups of animals. A minimum number of elk must be present for more than 24 hours before the hunt can occur (e.g. groups of 5 elk that may include female elk or young bulls (5-point or less).

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