FWP wants feedback on public land elk shoulder season hunts

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking the public if elk shoulder seasons should expand onto additional public lands in some hunting districts.

The agency issued a supplemental request for public comment this week ahead of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission’s meeting in August where the body will make final decisions on extending shoulder seasons to Feb. 15 in 19 hunting districts.

The hunting districts under consideration for extension after the commission’s June meeting are 262, 290, 298, 390, 391, 393, 411, 417, 502, 510, 511, 520, 530, 540, 560, 575, 580, and 590. The districts have been under shortened shoulder seasons but the commission would consider extending hunting until Feb. 15 for cow elk. The seasons begin on Aug. 15 until the beginning of archery season.

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