The Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association knows that the hunters of Montana's Bitterroot Valley have been hurting. The elk numbers in that area have declined steadily and with the decline in the population, the hunting opportunities were decreased as well. Without hunting opportunities, non-resident hunters aren't coming to the area either, so the economy is also hurting.
One way to help the population, is to decrease predation on the elk. With this idea the Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association (RCFWA) wanted to give hunters an incentive to stay out there after the normal big game season ended and continue hunting wolves. Every hunter that harvests a wolf after December 1st can enter their name into a drawing for a CZ 527 M1 American .223-caliber rifle. The rifle is valued at $650 and will hopefully keep some hunters out in the Bitterroot Valley on the hunt for the wolves. From The Missoulian .