By FWP Wildlife Division
For The Courier 

FWP Seeks Public Input on Elk Hunting Seasons


MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines to establish elk hunting seasons before or after the existing archery and general rifle seasons.

The additional seasons, called elk shoulder seasons, would be used where needed to reduce elk populations. “We’re looking at what tools we can implement to get elk numbers down in districts where we are over population objectives” said Ken McDonald FWP’s Wildlife Division administrator. A shoulder season could run from Aug. 15 to Feb. 15 outside the five-week general season.

Comments will be taken until 5 p.m., Aug. 10. To see the proposal and comment, visit the FWP website at Click “Submit Public Comments,” then click “Hunting & Trapping.”

Written comments also will be accepted at:

FWP – Wildlife Division

Attn: Public Comment

P.O. Box 200701

Helena, MT 59620-0701

For information, call 406-444-2612, or visit the FWP website at


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