The 2013 Hunting Access Guides and Regional Maps will be available for download (here) August 15, 2013.
There are two versions of the map. The "view" version is one 17" x 22" page and is for ease of viewing on the website. The "print" version is four 8.5" x 11" pages and is made to print at home.
171 landowners have enrolled approximately 721,000 acres to form 146 Block Management Areas.
In 2012, there are 146 Block Management Areas (BMAs) that will provide access to approximately 721,000 acres of private, state, and federal lands. These areas offer opportunities to hunt whitetail and mule deer, antelope, elk, upland birds, and waterfowl. Most Block Management Areas in our Region are open September 1 through January 1. About one-third of our BMAs are Type I, where hunters administer their own permission, and two-thirds are Type II, where someone other than the hunter administers permission.
Beginning the second week of August, hunters may call (406) 247-2940 to request a Hunting Access Guide or specific BMA maps/rules. Again this year, the Hunting Access Guides for Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are combined into one tabloid. This guide will show lands enrolled in Block Management, by Region, and give further instructions on securing maps and permission to hunt.
Lands enrolled in Block Management represent approximately 10% of the land base within Region 5. As such, there are many other hunting opportunities outside of the Program. These include non-enrolled private lands, federal lands (USFS and BLM), and state lands. Hunters are encouraged to utilize these opportunities and not focus solely on BMAs.
For Region 5 Block Management or other Fish, Wildlife & Parks information, please call (406) 247-2940.