FWP outlines proposed new policy for free landowner elk tags

New guidelines and timelines for Montana landowners to apply for a free either-sex elk hunting tag will go before the Fish and Wildlife Commission for approval on April 19.

Prior to that, the commission is holding a work session to discuss the program on April 18 at 3 p.m.

The change in the agreements, known commonly as 454s because they were created by House Bill 454, was motivated by a controversial approach the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks took last year. For decades, only a few landowners participated in 454s, but last legislative session the tags were modified and interest among landowners jumped.

Read more from the Billings Gazette here...


Check out MT BHA's response to the 454 changes.

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