Where to Start
Whether hunting public or private land the successful hunter will spend time scouting an area and talking with locals to identify good hunting opportunities and establish personal relationships.
The first thing you will need is a good set of maps. FWP publishes the Directory of Montana Maps 741 KB which provides a listing of all agency and local government contacts where you can find land ownership information. Also, contact the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the US Geological Survey, or a local sporting goods store for a map of the area you intend to hunt. Land ownership changes over time. It's a good idea to verify public ownership with your local land management agency. You can also verify public and private land ownership on the web through the Montana Department of Administration Cadastral Mapping Project.
Finally, our Hunter Access Options Toolkit is a collection of web resources that offer valuable information as you prepare for your hunt.