Wanted advice on hunting opportunities near Columbia Falls

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking comments on the extent of permitted hunting opportunities in the new Bad Rock Canyon Wildlife Management Area near Columbia Falls.

In late 2021, FWP acquired the 772 acre property along the Flathead River. As a WMA that protects the big game winter range, the site is closed in the winter and open from May 15 to November 1. 30. The property is open for hunting, but FWP is asking for comments on a variety of options.

The alternative proposed by FWP would manage opportunities with a preference for young hunters. Access would be granted by random draw for a one-day reservation for a single group of up to three people, and 50% of hunting days would be reserved for apprentices and young hunters. The archery season would allow access to any age group of hunters by lottery for a period of one week. Other limitations would apply.

Other alternatives include maintaining the exclusive youth-only opportunities that were in place when the land was previously privately owned, or opening the WMA up to hunting by the general public without any age or overhead restrictions. beyond standard hunting season structures and rules.

FWP is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment that details these alternatives. The EA can be viewed online at https://fwp.mt.gov/news/public-notices or at any FWP office. The deadline for commenting is June 27, 2022 at 5 p.m. Comments can be mailed to Stevie Burton, Montana FWP, 490 N. Meridian, Kalispell, MT 59901, or emailed to [email protected]

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