Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks officials want to expand the elk hunting season.
Elk populations are steadily increasing, so officials have proposed changes to expand elk hunting season in the Big Sky State.
Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) public information officer Ron Aasheim told reporters the proposed “shoulder season” would account for the rifle and archery seasons already in place. They want to expand the elk hunting season to control population size in certain habitats throughout the state.
The plan this year looks to balance the elk population with recreation with other land use. FWP has had an elk management plan in place every year since 1978.
These changes could take effect as soon as the 2016 elk hunting season. The public comment period will last until August 10th.
More information available at MTFWP.