Hunters question landowner list in Townsend-area management hunt

Thanks to increased effort this year from wardens and landowners, elk hunting east of Canyon Ferry was a little less chaotic. But some hunters questioned whether one landowner is playing loose with the rules.

Tempers flared often in 2014 after limited access to hundreds of elk in Hunting District 392 east of Canyon Ferry resulted in shootouts involving dozens of hunters and repeated hunter-landowner conflicts. This year, landowners and Fish, Wildlife & Parks worked to ease the situation by handling the hunt differently.

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Legislative committee OK's damage-hunt rule changes

A legislative committee approved changes to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s damage-hunt rule, but some legislators echoed the public’s confusion over the difference between damage hunts and the new shoulder seasons.

On Monday, the Environmental Quality Council heard FWP Public-Private Lands Coordinator Alan Charles summarize proposed changes to the damage-hunt rule and additional revisions made in response to public comment.

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