Elk regulations top talks in Helena as 2 gatherings are planned

Billings Gazette

Elk hunting is dominating discussions outside and inside the capitol this legislative session.

On Jan. 14, eight organizations have announced a conversation concerning elk management at the Delta Colonial Hotel in Helena from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Then on Jan. 24 Montana hunters and anglers are being asked to attend “Elk Camp at the Capitol” to celebrate Montana’s outdoor legacy and to discuss wildlife and habitat policy with lawmakers.

The “Future of Montana Elk Management – A Conversation,” will include representatives from the Montana Stockgrowers, Farm Bureau, Property Environmental Research Center, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Bowhunters Association, Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and Montana Outfitters and Guides Association.

In a press release, the organizers of the event said the aim is to hear from stakeholders to better understand perspectives and gain insights into common ground; to engage in open and respectful dialog among a broad range of interests; and to set a standard for how complex challenges should be addressed going forward.

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The group will specifically focus on some of the 15 recommendations from the Elk Management Citizens Advisory Group.

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