The 2018 Block Management Area is now available on the Block Management page of the FWP website and in FWP regional offices.
Guides also will be shipped this week to those who have already ordered one.
In prior years, the Hunting Access Guide and BMA maps were not available until Aug. 15. However, FWP was able to move up the date this year as a few BMA properties are open on Aug. 15.
“Hunters must look at the information in the 2018 Block Management Hunting Access Guide to determine when public hunting will be allowed on a specific BMA,” said Jason Kool, FWP Access Bureau chief.
The earlier date also gives hunters more time to review the guide before making a BMA reservation, which they can do starting on Aug. 22 for areas that accept reservations, according to Kool.
The 2018 BMA Hunting Access Guide is a compilation of all enrolled BMA properties, but hunters must also secure an individual BMA property map and the associated rules prior to hunting. Each region has its own policy regarding distribution of individual BMA maps and distribution information can be found in each of the regional sections of the 2018 Hunting Access Guide.
“The easiest way to obtain all of the individual BMA property maps is to obtain them from the FWP website,” Kool said.
Most of these maps feature georeferenced capabilities, and by using a geospatial PDF viewer on a smartphone or tablet, hunters can view their position in the field relative to features in the map, such as roads, without cell coverage.
“Since cell and internet coverage are often unavailable in the field, it is recommended individual BMA maps be downloaded or printed at home before heading out,” Kool said
FWP urges Montana hunters to extend their thanks to all partners who collaborate on access opportunities that benefit wildlife and hunters. The Block Management program, through partnerships formed with private landowners, government agencies and conservation organizations will provide nearly 7.3 million acres of hunting access on more than 865 BMAs for the 2018 hunting season.