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2007 Montana Bison Hunt "Starting Off Slow"
December 26, 2007.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle is reporting that the 2007 Montana bison hunt is "starting off slow."
According to their numbers, as of December 19th, the 12 public hunters permitted with either-sex tags for the first split had only taken 4 bison, and hunters from the Salish-Kootenai and Nez Perce tribes had taken 15. Mandatory reporting of harvest is not required, so all numbers are estimates.
The 2007 Montana bison season is broken in to 3 splits: November 15 - December 31, January 1 - 22, and January 23 - February 15.
There are two hunting districts, one north of Yellowstone National Park (HD385) and one west of the Park (HD395).
As of December 26, MFWP is reporting only a "handful" of bison in HD385, where 5 bison have been taken by public hunters. "Two good-sized groups" are reported in HD395, where the bulk of the bison have been taken so far.
In addition to the either-sex permits, MFWP is hoping to issue up to 100 cow/calf tags "depending upon bison migration into individual hunting districts." 10 of these permits were issued in HD395 on December 20th. Issuance of futher permits is pending, due to lack of animals moving off the Park and in to areas where they would be accessible to hunters.
An FWP information line, at 406-994-5700, has been set up to advise hunters of bison movement on to huntable public lands.
Montana, along with Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, and South Dakota, offers one of the very few states hunts for wild bison. (Wyoming is where I took my bull in 2005).
See the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for additional info.