Visitors Now:
Total Visits:
Total Stories:
Profile image
By AmmoLand (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:41
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

American Hunters
American Hunters
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

USA -(Ammoland.com)- Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property.

Since the start of hunting season, there have been reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot.

Below are just a few of the things that hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of when enjoying our resources:

  • Littering- not only is littering careless and unsightly, it is against the law.  This includes toilet paper, and the proper management of human waste.
  • Leave gates as you find them- If a gate is closed, close it behind you.  If it is obviously open (pulled all the way back to the fence), leave it open.  If you are unsure, contact the landowner or public land agency.
  • Know your target and beyond- Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting at (species, sex, etc.), and know what lies beyond their target (houses, outbuildings, livestock, vehicles, other hunters).
  • Be weed free- Check clothes, dogs, ATV’s, and vehicles for weeds and weed seeds to help prevent the spread to other private and public lands.
  • Avoid driving on muddy roads- Unless it is a well-graveled road, walk.
  • Avoid ridge driving and driving to overlooks- Not only is this a poor strategy while hunting, it is driving off road if it is not already an established trail.
  • Ask for permission to hunt- Montana law requires permission for all hunting on private land.  Even if the land is not posted, hunters must have permission from the landowner, lessee, or their agent before hunting on private property.
  • Completely fill out BMA slips- If a hunter doesn’t correctly fill out a block management slip, they are hunting without permission.
  • Know where you are located- Whether you are hunting public land, private land, or land enrolled in an access program such as block management, it is every hunter’s responsibility to know where they are to avoid trespassing.  Maps are always available, as are GPS chips and cell phone apps to aid in orientation.
  • Driving off road- While hunting on private property, a person may not drive off established roads or trails without landowner permission.  Off-road travel on public land, including game retrieval, is prohibited unless designated as open.  Consult appropriate land agency or land map for specifics.
  • Accessing public lands- Access to public lands (on a private road) through private land requires permission of the private landowner, lessee, or their agent.
  • Camping- camping is allowed on most public lands (see agency regulations), but permission is needed to camp on private property and BMAs.
  • Know the rules- Consult BMA maps for specific rules on block management property, including:  driving on roads, parking areas, no shooting zones, walk-in only areas, camping, number of hunters allowed, game retrieval, etc.
  • Report violations- report any hunting and fishing, trespassing, vandalism, or other criminal activity you see to 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668).

The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where one can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for providing information that leads to a conviction.

This post Reminder in the Field this Hunting Season: Be a Good Steward of the Land appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News .

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.