Reducing acreage requirement for landowners proposed in elk hunting bill

For two years without success, Rep. Marty Malone, R-Pray, has attempted to draw a landowner preference tag to shoot cow elk on his property in the Paradise Valley.

In the Montana Legislature on Thursday he introduced a bill to reduce the amount of land needed to qualify for the tags from 640 acres to 160. No one spoke in favor of the measure, House Bill 600, during the Thursday hearing before the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee.

Kevin Farron, representing the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, said the state is already “throwing out (elk) licenses like candy.” He said it’s better to use the existing programs to target problematic concentrations of elk.

Read more from the Billings Gazette here...

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