As hunters begin planning their Block Management Area hunts, they’ll discover that more that 1,250 landowners have enrolled nearly 8 million acres in the public hunting access program for the 2012 season.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' BMA program, formally launched in 1985 and significantly enhanced in 1995, is a notable success, but many hunters and landowners still struggle to understand the basics of how the program works. With so much private land available for public hunting access, so many landowners to contact, and more than 440,000 hunter days occurring annually on enrolled lands, what should hunters and landowners know about the program?
To help get everyone up-to-speed, here's a brief BMA primer.
For Enrolled Block Management Program Landowners
For Hunters Accessing Enrolled Block Management Program Lands
"The success of the program lies in being able to tailor each BMA contract to the needs of each landowner," said Alan Charles, BMA program manager in Helena. "In Montana, we're administering a benefits system that provides for fair and equitable treatment of all landowners, and one that provides hunters with a wide variety of hunting opportunities from which to choose."
To learn more about FWP's BMA program, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "For Hunters," then click "Block Management".