Feeding deer—long known to be detrimental to wildlife and to the public—is also prohibited by law in Montana.
In Montana, it is illegal to attract deer, elk, moose, antelope, bears and other wildlife to an area with any kind of food. The law is meant to thwart those who purposely attract wildlife with grain, seeds and salt licks or who fail to properly store these wildlife attractants and food-related garbage.
Offenders could be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and six months in jail. The penalty also could include the loss of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for a year or more.
The law does not apply to normal feeding of livestock, backyard gardens, most recreational bird feeding, or to commercial processing of garbage. It does, however, apply to those who continue to feed birds after receiving a warning by FWP that the feeding is unlawfully attracting big game and other wildlife.