Hunting Access Work Continues To Make Headway

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For the 2004 hunting season, hunters in Montana will have access to over 8.5 million acres of land statewide through the Block Management Program administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The program assists landowners in managing hunting activities and provides hunters with free public hunting access to private and isolated public land. Hunters interested in learning more about lands enrolled in FWP"s Block Management Program should contact the regional FWP office in the area where they plan to hunt. Each region publishes a Hunting Access Guide that provides detailed information on lands in the program in that region and on other regional hunting access options.

A regional FWP office provides Hunting Access Guides and Block Management information only for that particular region, so hunters get the latest information and guidelines that apply specifically to the area they plan to hunt.

Hunters may also want to investigate the "Hunting" pages on the FWP web site at www.fwp.state.mt.us for hunting-access tips.

The Hunting Access Enhancement Fee, a one-time annual fee of $2 for residents and $10 for nonresidents, goes to fund Block Management and other FWP programs that maintain and expand hunters’ access to private and public lands. Hunters pay the fee when they purchase their first hunting license of the season.