If you're thinking about hunting the elk shoulder season in Region 6, double check your license.
Unlike many other regions where a general elk tag or B license can be used, hunters had to apply by June 1 for a Region 6 B tag to participate in late elk hunts in northeastern Montana.
The tags awarded by drawing are either a 699-00 elk B license, valid in HDs 620, 621, 622, 630, 631 or 632 on all public and private lands, not including CMR National Wildlife Refuge; or a 696-00 elk B license, valid in HDs 680 and 690 on all public and private lands. The season runs from Dec. 15 to Dec. 31.
FWP suggests that hunters contact private landowners as early as possible, and to be respectful during the holiday season. Shoulder season licenses are also valid on legally accessible public lands (except CMR Wildlife Refuge), and on participating block management lands.
Block management cooperators were given the opportunity to opt out of the shoulder season, and three BMAs in the shoulder season areas are not participating: #1 Springer, #21 Thorstad, and #48 Burke Ranch. These BMAs are, however, still open for upland bird hunting through Jan. 1.
Region 6 will not have any shoulder season hunt information coordinators. The FWP website contains a wealth of information at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/seasons/elkShoulder/, or contact the following:
• Questions about the 699-00 license can be directed to the FWP R6 office at 406-228-3700.
• Questions about the 696-00 license can be directed to the FWP Havre office at 406-265-6177.