This week, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA),
Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC), and the Montana Association of State
Grazing Districts (MASGD) submitted comments on the amended 2020 Elk Shoulder
In the comments, MSGA, MPLC, and MASGD stated support of the
implementation of shoulder seasons to address over-objective populations of elk
as shoulder seasons represent an important tool for addressing elevated
population numbers and problematic elk distributions.
The comments also stated the organizations’ disagreement
with the adopted motion to eliminate shoulder seasons in HDs that are above objective and not meeting all harvest criteria. We
informed the commission of our members’ desire to encourage the commission to
include HD 411 and HD 570.
Lastly, the comments emphasized the importance of landowner flexibility to manage elk
hunting on their property and reduce game damage with a less cumbersome game
damage hunt process, which would include regional lists for a more immediate
effects from these hunts.
Since 1884, MSGA has been dedicated to finding
proactive solutions for Montana’s ranching communities and Montana’s diverse
wildlife and we will continue to do so.