Damage Hunt For Elk Set For West Big Hole Valley

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will issue 150 permits to hunt elk causing damage to crops on private land in a portion of the west Big Hole Valley near Jackson.

The special game damage permits will be valid for antlerless elk on private land only, and only in the south half of hunting district 321, from Oct. 18-23. The permits will become valid for either-sex elk hunting in the entire hunting district from Oct. 24-31.

Hunting will not be permitted on state or federal lands Oct. 18-23.

The special game damage permits will replace A-7 licenses that were previously used to address high elk numbers on private lands in the hunting district

Special permits may be obtained at FWP Regional Offices and from license providers in Butte, Wisdom, Jackson, and Dillon. The cost of the permit is $6. Hunters choosing to purchase this permit must have an unused 2004 general-elk hunting license and must not have received an elk permit through either of the regular or surplus drawings.

Elk within the special hunt area summer in Montana and winter in Idaho. Early snow and cold could rapidly reduce the availability of elk in the area.

Hunters are responsible for finding access to private land to hunt. Access may be obtained through the Block Management Program or through direct contact with landowners. To obtain a Region 3 Block Management Program guide, please call 406-994-3288 or 406-494-1953.