The Missouri Headwaters Gun Dog Club, a group of Bozeman-area hunters, presented Montana, Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) with a $1,000 donation in a show of support for FWP hunter access programs. Fifty percent of the donation came from club funds and fifty percent from individual club members.
“Block Management is the salvation of blue-collar hunters,” commented club vice-president Dale Spartas. “The program offers incentives for Montana’s landowners to provide public hunting access to the local school teacher, the businessman, the everyday working person.”
In accepting the donation, Alan Charles, FWP Coordinator of Landowner/Sportsman Relations, thanked the group and acknowledged the significance of their action. “Your support shows how important hunting access programs are. It says resident hunters care enough about hunting access that they will donate their dollars and their support for programs that preserve public hunting opportunities.”
During the 2002 hunting season, 1,150 landowners enrolled over 8.8 million acres of land in the Block Management Program, providing more than 350,000 days of public hunting recreation. Another hunting access enhancement program, Access Montana, works to maintain or open access routes to large portions of public land, mark key access points for tracts of state and federal land, and resolve conflicts involving public hunting on public lands.