Practice Social Distancing Apply for Permits for Fall

Photo by Kyle Mlynar.

Montanans are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible and for good reason. As we work to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.  Eventually, life will return to normal. 

For Montana hunters, that will hopefully include a special hunt this fall for deer or elk. The thought of time spent with family and friends pursuing that big buck or bull is pretty enticing right now. Every year we anticipate the fall and hunting season; this year should be no different. 

Hunters have until April 1 this year to apply for special deer and elk permits. While it’s easy to sometimes let these applications go until the last minute, this year it’s imperative that hunters be proactive in applying early. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website can get overwhelmed under the best of circumstances and with many state employees working from home, there are sure to be some unseen hurdles.

Take the time to look over the hunting regulations, and go to www.fwp.mt.gov to fill out the applications for special permits. Think back to those areas that are most important for those hunting memories and try for those districts. We may be inside now, but when the fall comes, we’ll be ready to get outside and enjoy all that Montana has to offer.