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Airborne Hunting Is Illegal


Friday, October 29, 1999

FWP game wardens are reminding hunters that it is illegal to use an aircraft to locate big game animals and then hunt those animals within the same "hunting day." The regulation also prohibits a person in an aircraft from providing information to another for the purpose of hunting those animals within the same hunting day. The FWP Commission defines a hunting day as being between the earliest and latest legal shooting hours.

While this Montana regulation covers big game hunting only, sportspersons and the general public need to be aware that the federal Airborne Hunting Act covers a much broader range of restrictions. This federal law prohibits shooting or attempting to shoot or harass any bird, fish, or other animal from an aircraft.

Persons witnessing or having knowledge of suspicious activity involving aircraft and any wildlife are asked to report it by calling 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). The caller can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.