Hunters looking back on a successful 2012 big game hunting season need to know they are also responsible for ensuring that the wild game they harvested is properly cared for and processed.
The waste of edible game meat is illegal. Under Montana law, it is illegal to waste any part of a game animal that is defined as "suitable for food." For big game animals, all four quarters above the hock, including loin and backstrap, fall into that category.
Hunters who can't use the wild game meat could donate it to a neighbor, friend , or local food bank. There are many food distribution programs in Montana eager to accept venison.
Anyone with information about the wanton waste of wild game should call FWP’s toll-free TIP-MONT hotline, 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers who report violations can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards.