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Outdoors: Be a good steward of the land this hunting season

 

September 6, 2018

Colin Thompson

A mule deer buck watches from a road side last spring south of Havre.

Montana FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land and respect both private and public property. A press release says that the FWP Region 6 Advisory Committee raised the need for more public outreach.

Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot.

Some things that hunters and outdoor enthusiasts should be aware of include don’t litter, leave gates as you find them, know your target and beyond, be aware of fire danger at all times and use precautions, avoid driving on muddy roads, ask permission to hunt on private land, know where you’re located and report violations.

Also remember that fall is a very busy time for landowners, as cattle and other livestock are being moved from their summer and fall pastures and are often brought near the home site for winter feeding and care.

 

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