Reminders offered to hunters accessing public lands


  Hunters accessing BLM-administered lands this season are reminded to drive only on established roads and trails.  The BLM and Forest Service prohibit “cross-country” travel in order to reduce soil erosion, reduce the chances of wildfire ignition from hot exhaust systems, and reduce impacts to wildlife habitat and vegetation.

Hunters and recreationists are also reminded to be certain of land ownership.  It is unlawful to travel through private property to access public property without the consent of the property owner.  Hunters should obey signs and leave gates as they are found.  Obtain a map of the area you intend to go, and check in with your local Forest Service or BLM office to obtain current road information.  BLM maps are available for a fee at each BLM office, and Forest Service travel maps that indicate which roads and trails are open to motorized use are available for free at all Forest Service offices and on each National Forest’s website.
Violations can be reported by calling 1-800-TIP-MONT.  Further information may also be obtained on the web at http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/prog/recreation.html.

Published Oct. 13, 2010

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