Montana FWP Clarifies New Regulation

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A change in Montana's 2010 big game hunting regulations is causing confusion among some bow hunters.

In the 2010 regulations, under "Archery & Crossbow Equipment," the 28-inch bow length regulation includes the phrase, "axle to axle."

To clarify, for FWP enforcement purposes, a bow is considered legal if it's at least 28 inches in total length. Bows shorter than 28 inches are prohibited for use in Montana.

To review the online 2010 big game regulations, go to the FWP Web site at and click on the Hunting page and then Regulations.