December 9, 2023

More Elk Hunting Permits Possible for Montana Hunters

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A proposal by the state wildlife agency would double the number of antlerless elk permits to be issued for this season’s elk hunt in areas north of the Missouri River Breaks. The proposal, which would need to be approved by the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, would allot more that 1,500 antlerless elk permits in hunting districts in Phillips and Valley Counties.

The elk population in this region, according to spring elk surveys, is estimated at around 4,200, an increase of more than 1,600. The increased number of elk is causing problems for farmers and ranchers.

Officials say the reason for the jump in population is due mostly to mild winters and elk migration from other zones across the river. With an increase in elk permits, hunters will be looking for more private land access.

Tom Remington