Youth Conservation Education Expo (RECAP)

Here are a few pictures from the Youth Conservation Education Expo from May 13th. We had around 200 youth and they all came to the MBA booth and shot our bows. Members that showed up to help were Don, Bob, Tim, Jerry, Jacklyn. Beckie, Merri, and Marlon. With out their help this kind of event would not be the success it is. It is a lot of fun helping the youth get their first taste of shooting bows 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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Archery Season for Wolves

Fellow MBA Members, The Fish and Game Commissioners are currently considering an archery season for wolves that would run during the archery season while we are out there hunting elk and deer and would allow 20% of the wolf quota for any specific wolf unit to be taken with a bow. They are also considering increasing the wolf quotas to one of three choices – 153, 186, 216. The MBA is supporting the wolf archery season as well as…

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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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FWP Seeks Public Comment Regarding Lighted Nocks

We have just received the link for everyone to have their chance to voice their opinion on the lighted nocks. FWP and the Commissioners need to hear from us the Bowhunters. For five years we have tossed this issue back an forth, it has caused much tension among our membership. Now is not the time to sit back and let others carry out what you might want or don’t want. It is up to us to send out our…

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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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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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MBA Archery Equipment Policy Proposal Gains Public Comment Period

Throughout the spring, summer, and early fall, the MBA worked on an Archery Equipment Policy proposal designed to strengthen the review process within the current Tentatives cycle. The MBA developed the policy and an evaluation matrix to better focus equipment discussions and aid the Department and Commission in their deliberations on archery equipment proposals. During the October 13th Commission meeting, the MBA requested and was granted a public comment period for the proposal. Thus far, we have received positive…

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MBA Regarding Breaks and 22OD Limited Permits

UPDATE: After a 2020 survey of members, the MBA is no longer opposed to the 22ODs, which are now HD 900 archery 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…

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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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