Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials said today that both mountain lion hunters with hounds and elk hunters will be afield in a limited number of hunting districts Dec. 1-Dec. 12.
While the general 2004 big game hunting season ended Nov. 28, some hunting for antlerless elk only will continue to Dec. 12 to reduce elk populations in several hunting districts.
Elk hunters taking advantage of this limited extended antlerless elk only season may not be aware that legal lion hunting with hounds begins Dec. 1 and continues to April 14, or until the lion quota is met in a hunting district.
Here is a summary of the antlerless elk hunting opportunities available Nov. 29-Dec. 12:
Bitterroot Valley—Region 2
* Hunting District 270
Only hunters who already possess an A7 elk license valid for hunting district 270 will be allowed to hunt. To obtain an A7 license, you had to give up the opportunity to hunt elk anywhere else in the state.
Southwestern Montana—Region 3
* Hunting Districts 300, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 341.
Any hunter with a valid general season elk license can hunt antlerless elk in these districts. The portion of hunting district 323 that includes the Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area will only be open to individuals currently holding special permits for this area. The permits will be valid for antlerless elk only.
Central Montana—Region 4
* Hunting District 442
Any hunter with a valid general season elk license can hunt antlerless elk, as described in the 2004 elk hunting regulations. A9 (resident) and B12 (nonresident) elk licenses for this hunting district are still valid but only on private and State lands.
The FWP Commission can close any of these seasons on 48-hours’ notice.