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The 2019 MBA Convention is set to be held at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, March 29-31, 2019. The MBA has a block of rooms available at the rate of $99.00/room/night + tax for the convention. When you contact the hotel directly to book your rooms, let them know it is for the MBA Convention. Best Western Heritage Inn : 406-761-1900.

I-177 Threatens Montana’s Hunters, Anglers, Trappers and Ranchers

Montanans are facing what may be the most important legal challenge to sportsman’s rights in the history of our state. In November Montana citizens will be asked to vote whether the long standing tradition of trapping will continue on public lands. Trapping has proven to be a necessary part of Montana’s wildlife management practices for decades. It is also a source of income for Montana families and predator control for ranchers and farmers who need it most. The Montana…

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Montana Bowhunter Education Classroom Courses are in Progress

A Montana bow and arrow license, plus the proper Montana hunting license, is required if you want to bowhunt during any special archery season. To purchase a bow and arrow license, you must: Show a certificate of completing the national bowhunter education course from Montana or any other state or province; or Show any prior year’s bowhunting/archery stamp, tag, permit, or license from any state or province. If you cannot produce this license, you may sign an affidavit, at…

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Archery Seasons Threatened by Elk Shoulder Seasons

Members- Elk shoulder seasons are proposed for 44 hunting districts for the 2016-17 hunting seasons. Shoulder seasons in some districts will open as early as August 15 and extend as late as February 15. Rifle hunters will be allowed to hunt on private land during archery season, and in some districts, they’ll also be allowed to hunt on public lands. We need your input to the Commission prior to January 22nd opposing shoulder seasons during archery season. Commissioner contact…

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PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD FOR TENTATIVE PROPOSALS

Following are season changes being considered by MT FWP for 2016-2017. The following links will take you to the MT FWP page concerning each issue. The MBA Tentative Committee welcomes your input on individual hunting districts so that we may provide comprehensive comments to the Commission about the concerns of our membership. 2016-17 Hunting Season Changes: This document includes the proposed changes for statewide regulations as well as individual changes in hunting district boundaries, permit and license types, and…

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The most fun I have had in a season yet

My 2010 season was a great one, getting great footage for our decoy (Be the Decoy). Having early success lead to having plenty of time to take my son out for some whitetails from our box blind. Him being 3 years old I didn’t think it would be very productive. The first night out was with his mother and I. Mom was trying to find a good buck. First deer we saw caused a near explosion in the blind…

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MBA Regarding Breaks and 22OD Limited Permits

At the May Commission meeting it was announced that there would be a special meeting of the Commission on June 8th to discuss the limited permits for archery elk in both the Breaks and the 22 units outside the Breaks in regions 4, 5, and 7. The MBA is excited about the opportunity to revisit the decisions about these limited permits and would like to make our positions on these permits clear, explain the rationale behind those positions, and…

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The Rest of the Related Story

by Paul Martin It was the morning of Sept. 27, 2006 at that same favorite hunting spot in region 1 but this hunt I was on my own, it had been numerous years since I’d been here and only a mile or so up the trail with gaining light as I crossed a small spring I could see the canine like tracks in the mudded areas, sign I am not happy to see . Further up the trail and…

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Almost Wolf Bait!

If some of you recall last year’s hunting story, here in region 1, about the evidence on  the bull I took last year of being confronted by predators.  In that story because of not seeing or hearing them howl that I didn’t write of at least two animals running in on us from behind seconds after the bull crashed, and leaving as fast as they came in from catching our scent.  I would be willing to bet the ranch it…

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Joey Nelson, First Woman Bowhunter of the Year

Joey Nelson had the hunting season of her life in 2008. An avid bowhunter with a passion for the hills she filled all her tags, along with her freezer, that fall.Nelson, of Bozeman, was already looking ahead to the 2009 hunting season when she broke her arm in a freak accident. She shattered the radial head in her right arm, dislocated her elbow and tore numerous ligaments.

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Wolf Management Controversy – MBA Position

As you are probably aware Judge Donald Molloy has handed down his decision to re-list the gray wolf as an endangered species. The MBA is very disappointed in this decision.  Aside from the fact that the 2010-2011 wolf season would have been the first season to incorporate an archery only opportunity, Judge Molloy’s decision once again takes the management of our wolf populations out of the hands of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. and puts it back…

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