Bill proposes landowner-sponsored elk licenses, extra bonus points

The House Fish, Wildlife & Parks Committee is taking up a bill Tuesday carried by Speaker of the House Wylie Galt that would institute new landowner-sponsored elk hunting licenses in districts at population objectives and a bonus point boost for hunters deciding to hunt cow elk on private land in over-objective districts.

House Bill 505 was borne from a concept developed internally at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The bill aims to incentivize private landowners and hunters to work to reduce elk numbers in some areas and maintain them at desired levels. FWP also believes it offers potential to reduce hunting pressure on public lands and improve the odds of drawing some long-shot trophy elk permits, although both remain theoretical and difficult to predict.

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