Antler Hunters Should Note Noon Opening on Wildlife Management Areas

Antler Hunters Should Note Noon Opening on Wildlife Management Areas

Shed Antler Photo by Brent Stettler
Antler Hunters Should Note Noon Opening on Wildlife Management Areas
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

MALTA, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)- Antler hunters planning to head to west-central Montana Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) on opening day this spring should note a new opening time of noon.

There are three wildlife management areas in west-central Montana that are antler-hunting destinations with regularly scheduled openings on May 15: Blackfoot-Clearwater near Seeley Lake, Threemile in the Bitterroot Valley and Spotted Dog near Garrison.

Some of these WMAs have traditionally opened at midnight on May 15, but the FWP Commission recently enacted regulations that require all Montana WMAs with winter closures to reopen at noon to help with consistency and public safety.

Dave Dziak, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 2 WMA manager, noted that even after these areas open, some roads are likely to remain closed until muddy road conditions improve.

Some Montana WMAs are open year-round, but many are closed during the winter months to protect wildlife from disturbance on their winter range. In addition to these three antler-hunting destinations, several other wildlife management areas in west-central Montana and many others across the state do not open until noon on May 15.

Please check with your local FWP office or FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov and look under “Habitat” and then “Wildlife Management Areas” for specific opening dates.