A cooperative program between private landowners and FWP, Block Management helps landowners manage hunting activities and provides the public with free hunting access to private land, and sometimes to adjacent or isolated public lands. Block Management addresses fall hunting only-spring bear and turkey hunting access are typically not included in the program.
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There is no charge to hunt on block management lands (referred to as Block Management Areas or BMAs). Program funding comes from the sale of various licenses, including the resident and nonresident hunting access enhancement fee, nonresident upland gamebird licenses, nonresident combination deer/elk licenses, and chances sold in the Supertag license lottery.
Landowner participation in block management is voluntary. Contracts are negotiated annually in the spring and summer. After enrollment is complete, each FWP administrative region publishes a Hunter Access Guide, which lists the block management opportunities available to you for the current season. These regional guides are published on or before August 15, annually.
Formally started in 1985 and expanded significantly in 1996, Block Management has provided free public hunting experiences across the state since its inception. Positive working relationships have been formed between landowners, hunters, and resource managers. The future looks promising, but is dependent on you. By following the rules for the BMA, as well as demonstrating courteous, legal and ethical behavior, sportsmen and women can do their part to assure future access to private lands in Montana.
For the 2012 hunting season, approximately 1,270 landowners have enrolled about 8 million acres of land in the Block Management Program. By researching your options, you can probably find a block management hunting opportunity that fits with your needs.